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Without Hanukkah, there’s no Christmas to celebrate

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If it weren’t for the victory over an evil regime bent on destroying the Jewish people and their heritage, the course of history would have been different. If Judaism had been wiped out, then arguably there would have been no Jesus of Nazareth born of a Jewish woman in the land of Judea, circumcised on the eighth day, presented at the Temple in Jerusalem, and raised as a son of the Torah.

Yet, these days, in the town of Bethlehem, His birthplace, a non-Jewish Jesus is proclaimed. Jesus has been reinvented as a Palestinian prophet and messenger.

Denying the Jewishness of Jesus is dangerous. In Nazi Germany theologians promoted an Aryan Jesus and a dejudaized Bible in an attempt to synthesize Nazi ideology and doctrine (Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany). Once you remove the Jewishness of Jesus, His Jewish kindred are fair game. The “Aryanization” of Jesus was already underway when in 1936 a German theologian called for the elimination of the Jews. This was before the Final Solution was formalized in January 1942 at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin. In World War II, the term “Judenrein”(Jew-free), first used by antisemites in the 19th century, soon spread with........

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