Posts tagged "holidays"

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Dip your apple in the honey.  Happy New Year!

O Scotia Tree

05 December 2005 By Nellie Day Charles Drummond of The Harvard Crimson reported on a unique event that encompasses an all-too-familiar controversy. The issue at hand: whether it is appropriate to rename things many traditionally associate with Christmas, such as “Christmas” parties or cards, to something more ethnically and religiously inclusive, such as “holiday” parties...

Forget Happy Holidays

01 December 2005 Sarah Price Brown: Everyone knows “happy holidays” means Merry Christmas and that the company “holiday party” is really a Christmas bash. So, why do we use these euphemisms? And why does the press go along with it, using phrases like “holiday season” and “happy holidays“? According to ABC News, Christian conservatives are...

Birthdays, Etc.

Happy Birthday Jesus? Not to mention, Happy Wicca New Year and a Happy Bonded Dead Souls Temporarily Revived In the Shape of an Animal Day to you!

Wicca Wacka

Halloween… time to bake the challah. Keren Engelberg, a contributing writer for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, reports that some scholars suspect the Sabbath bread got its twists in pagan times, when Northern European women offered special braided loaves up to the Teutonic goddess Berchta (madonna / whore). It’s not exactly news that most major traditions have...

A Jewishy, Irishy, Yom Kippur Special

Years ago, Arthur Carter — publisher of The New York Observer, and, at the time, The Nation, for which I was then an intern — asked me what I was. “An employee?” I asked, confounded by the great man’s question. “No, no,” he said. “What are you?” “Um, a journalist?” Carter’s stare could not have been more withering. He...