On Monday (19.12), on the website
"Srogim" an article of Q&A about Judaism was published by the
Rabbi of the Technion synagogue – the Rabbi Elad Dokov.
The article was written, according to the
Rabbi, "as a result of the offence to the Jewish identity on campus by the
student union, and the posting of the Christmas tree in a public area".
Rabbi Dokov stated in his article that this
"Idol worship" should not be permitted in the student house, and that
the Christmas tree is an anti-Jewish symbol.
Also in the article, the rabbi chose to answer
the question: "esteemed rabbi isnt this extreme?" with "due to
this extremism the Jewish people survived all these years" the rabbi
continued to mock the holiday symbol and stated, "This is the only Jewish
country in the world. It is our job to show the light to the non-Jews, and not
embrace every idea without criticism".
Following the rabbis statement, Dr. Youlia
Zmlenski, director of Morashteno organization, and a member of The Coalition
Against Racism: "we are sorry to see that the esteemed rabbi sees the
religious and culture symbols of other communities and offences to Judaism. For
the rabbis information; the Christmas tree does not only represent Christians, but
it is a part of the culture of Jews from the former Soviet Union, and the
decorated tree is the main characteristic of the family holiday called
"Novi Good" which symbolizes the new year.
Furthermore, we admonish the rabbis narrow
minded thinking that offends the rights of different communities both Jewish
and non-Jewish, and prevents them from expressing their religion and culture in