The Holiday Formerly Known as Halloween

By David Nelson

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

Although Halloween is not supported by many Rabbis, a myriad of Jewish children just can't resist the festivities of the holiday taking place around them. Taking this into account, the author recalls how a number of Jewish customs, such as the spinning of the dreidel on Chanukah, are borrowed from other cultures and are given meaning in a Jewish context. Why not, he asks, take the festivities of Halloween, such as dressing up and going trick-or-treating, and give them some Jewish meaning? The result would be a holiday called Chag Or Habayit (the light of home), with of course, a celebratory Ya'akov (Jacob) lantern.

Topic: Acculturation, Pluralism, Community Relations, Diversity

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Nelson, David. The Holiday Formerly Known as Halloween. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000:


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