Christmas: Jewish Story, Christian Holiday

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Christmas technically it isn't a Jewish holiday, but it is a Jewish story. In particular, it is a Second Temple Period Jewish story with all the elements of that time: righteous people, angels, a miraculous birth, prophecy, shepherds, a star, and Gentiles paying their homage to the new-born king of the Jews. Virtually all characters in this birth story are Torah observant Jews. Yet, many traditions and customs have developed around the holiday making it harder today to see the Jewish elements of the story.

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