2021-11-30 11:12:00

Jews of Russia against celebrating Hanukkah together with Christmas in mixed families

Moscow, November 30, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) does not recommend mixed Jewish-Christian families to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas at the same time.

"Hanukkah is always in December, and Catholic Christmas is also always in December, but historically these are unrelated events, and ideologically they are also unrelated events, background, history, celebration - completely different meaning. Families who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas (for some reason I saw them in Germany), Christmukkah, Christmas and Hanukkah, such a word combined. I treat it strangely, not very well," FJCR President Alexander Boroda said on the Rossiya 24 TV channel.

The rabbi does not approve when the family has not decided where to go. "After all, a family is some kind of a single organism, and when both parents live in a single system, ideology, then children do not have confusion, and when dad is in one direction, mom is in the other side..." he complained, stressing that these holidays are not united.

"It's good when a husband and wife are in the same coordinate system, in the same value system within the family, this significantly strengthens it for the family, and does not create chaos in the head for the children," Boroda believes.