jewish approaches to halloween
I have a 7 year old son. Can you refer me to something that would help me describe Jewish views on Halloween?
as of 1999
I found precious little on the subject online. The few links appear here. All of them are now rotten.
- Jewish Family & Life Message Board
Should Jewish kids trick and treat?
- Is Halloween a Jewish holiday?by (humorist) Ted Roberts
“Halloween is not a Jewish holiday. You should go to work as usual. And don’t fast.”
- Can Jews “trick or treat,” even on Shabbat?
This year, Halloween falls on Friday night. Help Aliza understand this dilemma.
as of 2010
- Jewish Halloween?
Again, consider keeping Purim instead. Jews have no need to celebrate Gentile holidays. Ours have so much more meaning and joy to us.
- Collecting Candy on Halloween
Though many Jewish children go trick-or-treating, this writer (among many others) believes the practice runs counter to Jewish law.
By Rabbi Michael Broyde
- Ask Rabbi Lerner
Jews Celebrating Halloween
The first real question is do American Jews celebrate Halloween — and they do, whether they are permitted to do so or not, by their Rabbi, day school or Judaism. They do as long as their parents permit it — and today often children only go out trick-and-treating when they are accompanied by adults.
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©Mark Hurvitz 1999
first updated: Sunday, March 14, 1999
latest update: Thursday October 14, 2010