Movies and Chinese Food: The Jewish Christmas Tradition

December 5, 2014 5:15 PM

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There is an old Talmudic debate about whether one should eat Chinese food on Christmas after going to a movie, or before. After centuries of rabbinic contemplation, the jury is still out. But it is clear that movie watching is a crucial activity for Jews on the birthday of Jesus.

The recent Pew study on Jews in America shows that over 80% of young Jews are not marrying other Jews, bringing the conflicting traditions of Christmas events to the main-stage during the holiday season. Tree or menorah? Family meal or takeout? A large ham or Lo Mien? Opening presents or waiting on ...

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