ISRAEL - Can Halloween Be Made Jewish?

Arno Froese

Halloween is such a strange time for many Jews. Rabbis, educators, and day school directors remind their constituencies constantly about how un-Jewish it is, how pagan and Christian it is, how we shouldn’t participate. Aside from everything else, they say, “We’ve got an equivalent celebration of our own!” On Purim, Jewish kids get to dress up in silly costumes and receive goodies from friends and neighbors in the form of mishloach manot!

Meanwhile, these pronouncements are ignored by thousands of Jewish children who enjoy Halloween! What a great holiday! Candy, parties, candy, costumes, and candy! And no one is really aware of the origins, pagan or Christian, of the celebration—unless they’ve heard about it from their rabbi!

We who live in an open society, who no longer must fear the Evil Others among whom we live, must now begin to think through what elements of the ambient culture can enrich us.

-myjewishlearning.com, 29 October 2017

Arno's commentary

The article by Rabbi David Nelson, published at MyJewishLearning.com, attempts to push the limits of integrating Jews into pagan holidays (cultural practices). This is the spirit of the end times. Collectively, Christians also try to adapt themselves to the world more and more. The question no longer is, how can I come closer to Jesus, but how can I come closer to the world and still be a Christian?

For Christians, the Bible warns: “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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