Jewish date: 8 Ṭeveth 5770 (Parashath Wayyiggash).
Today’s holidays: Christmas (Western Christianity), Feast of the Greater Mysteries (Thelema).
Topic 1: “Not again! Giant Swedish Christmas goat statue gets torched”: I do not really understand this. There are a lot of practices associated with Christmas, but, of all things, destroying a huge straw statue of a goat? Is this supposed to be in memory of the Grinch or Scrooge or something?
Topic 2: “From Santa to Sanballat”: This is an article on Christmas in Israel. Highlighted are stunts performed by Christian Arabs which miss the whole “peace on Earth, goodwill towards men” aspect and use the holiday as an excuse for anti-Semitism, the latest being a newly released document from Christian Arab clerics called “Kairos Palestine 2009”, which unfairly blames the Israelis for everything bad the so-called “Palestinians” experience. Emphasized is that a message of universality and love does not support an “us versus them” mentality.
Topic 3: I have a huge back-store of Christmas-related humor, so you are getting it all now.
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Peace and Shabbath shalom.