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Can Jews Celebrate Halloween?

By October 22, 2011

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PumpkinLast year several readers asked Rabbi Jeffrey Goldwasser whether it was OK for American Jews to celebrate Halloween. Rabbi Goldwasser's answer? Yes!

"There is no religious reason why contemporary Jews should not celebrate Halloween as it is commonly observed by dressing in costumes, giving children candies and other treats, and by taking our own young children out to Trick-or-Treat," he wrote. "Halloween's focus on fright and death can be a good opportunity for talking to young children about their fears, although it should not be taken to excess."

Read more of Rabbi Goldwasser's answer in the original post: Ask the Rabbi: Is It OK for American Jews to Celebrate Halloween?

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October 27, 2011 at 11:09 am
(1) Norman says:

We actually have our own holiday where we dress up in costume, give gifts of food and provide money to the poor. It is called Purim. Why celebrate a holiday that has Christian and Pagan roots?

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