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Technion Rabbi against Christmas tree

first Published  : 27/12/2016   Last Updated: 27/12/2016 

   

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 public spaces".