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Dec. 21, 2007

Dear Friend,

Christmas is just around the bend. Catch up on the last week and a half of new articles, including some Jewish perspectives on Jesus, "Jewish Christmas" and the background on the Jew who wrote "Winter Wonderland."

Read on...


December Holidays

Tired of the tree, Laurie Biundo can't escape Christmas' most ubiquitous symbol. Read more in Anti-Fir Protest.

Tracy Hahn-Burkett sees things differently. She's Jewish and she loves Christmas. In fact, it was her non-Jewish husband who persuaded her to give up Jewish Christmas.


The Jews and Jesus

It's easy to forget that Jesus himself was not, in fact, Christian. Read more in Jesus the Jew, by Amy-Jill Levine, author of The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus.

For centuries, Christian scholars have missed subtle references to Jesus' religion in the New Testament. Read more in Rabbi: Jesus' Solid Jewish Roots Cannot Be Ignored, by Joe Eskenazi.

And finally, a conference last March in New York asked "Does Jesus have any relevance for Jews?"


Arts and Entertainment

Nearly half of the most popular Christmas songs were written or co-written by Jews. Find out who they were in Nate Bloom's The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs.

In the latest installment of Bloom's Interfaith Celebrities, Madonna joins the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Shia is exonerated and Julianna Margulies (right) gets married.


What's New on the Blogs

We've blogged about our appearance in the Boston Globe and the unfair rap on rent-a-rabbis.

Look for our next e-newsletter Jan. 8. Have a joyous New Year and for those celebrating Christmas, have a wonderful Christmas.


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

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The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation. Hebrew for "seven," refers to the seven days of mourning following the funeral of a family member.
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