October 27, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll

Writing in this week's NJ Jewish News, up and coming South Orange rabbi Francine Roston, who has the largest Congregation of any Conservative woman rabbi, bucks the trend within her movement by embracing Halloween:

In modern times, the celebration revolves around costumes and trick-or-treating. As the vast majority of Americans experience Halloween today, there is no connection with Catholic saints and no worship of the dead (unless you are a Wiccan or a “neopagan” and your religion prescribes it).

In America, Halloween is a holiday for children and neighborhoods. It comes at a time when the days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and hence our fears of the dark are challenged. Halloween has become a time to banish fears of darkness and death. The message of Halloween has become a message about community, charity, and giving.

Read the whole essay -- if you dare.


Don't forget the Halloween bracha: borei p'ri ha-coffin... (horrible joke courtesy of my rabbi, who missed his calling as a stand-up comic, but succeeded at the next best thing).

Posted by: judi at October 27, 2005 9:53 PM

See a similar responsa/fatwa from liberal Muslims


Posted by: ahmed at October 29, 2005 11:34 PM
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