Tonight is the famed Jewish holiday of “nittel nacht” – Christmas Eve to most of you – on which Torah study was forbidden. The holiday has no theological basis – rather it was a reflection of a time in which Jews lived in fear of violence of Christians. Since that today is mostly not the case (with a few exceptions, such as East Jerusalem) it is a holiday that desperately cries out to be deprecated – but it is still fun to read about.
So far all the readers who celebrate Christmas: a happy holiday. And for those who do not: I hope you enjoy some really tasty Chinese food on the 25th.