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Should a "true" Christian celebrate Jewish holidays?

I am not very knowledgable on this subject, however, I have been taught that the Jewish believe in the Old Testament and the Christians believe in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Do Jewish people also believe in something besides the Old Testament, just not the same as Christian people? Or are holidays such as Hanukkah a part of the Old Testament, something that Christians believe in?

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As a Christian, like any other Gentile, you are only required by God to obey the Noahide laws. There are no festivals or holidays associated with these laws. However, there are no prohibitions against celebrating festivals or holidays if you want to. There is a growing number of Gentiles, mostly originally Christian, who see the light and want to be God fearing, yet do not wish to (nor must they) convert to Judaism. Such people of course obey the Noahide laws (which is not very difficult), and also keep some of the laws that God gave Israel, including the Sabbath and some of the holidays. I think that is the best thing a gentile could do! As for Hanukkah specifically, it is not in the Tanach. The holiday originates in events after all the books of the Tanach were already completed and near the time it was canonized. However, it is still an important Jewish festival, and you can have a lot of fun and satisfaction celebrating it. You also asked if the Jews have other texts in addition to the Tanach. The Tanach (more specifically the Torah) is definitely the foundation. But the Mishna, the Talmud, and even the Shulkhan Aruch are revered and much studied texts too.

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i would say yes, ONLY if you have relatives who are jewish, like me. i am cristian, but celebrate jewish holidays because one family of my relatives is jewish.

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Well here's the deal, you can actually be a both a Jew and a Christian at the same time. So basically, Christians are not required to celebrate Jewish holidays, but if you want to out of respect, then go ahead!

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most Christians lay their belief in the new testament. they don't "not believe in" the old testament; it is still a major factor in the Christian religion. but it is mostly looked to for gaps in stories or for moral guidance rather then religious adherence. as far as holidays go, I don't think that most "true" Christians believe in or celebrate jewish ones. there is no "sin" in doing so though, so if you want to celebrate them with a jewish family member or friend, then go ahead.

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Most of America started as English colonies; we do not celebrate all the holidays of England. This is because we have started a new nation, and the old holidays of the old nation are not appropriate for a new nation.
Boxing Day? Commonwealth day? The Queen's birthday? Burns night? Shakespeare's birthday? Guy Fawlkes day? Boxing Day? No, we don't have the cultural need. You can enjoy it, but you will always feel you do so as a foreigner.
Similarly, if you wish, celebrate the Jewish holidays. Here is a place to import the list to your calendar: http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?v=0&year=5774&yt=H
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It's not required. But it does you no harm, either.

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You said Boxing Day twice, also what's Boxing Day? I've never heard of that holiday.
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Day after Christmas. I apologize, I sometimes do that.
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While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly, it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ's death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-feasts.html#ixzz2cLc3uk9U

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This source is just one huge pile of crap!
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Free will to mankind if one wishes then let it be.
A number of Jewish holidays have the Christian equivalents. The problem with Christian is they divide themselves into True and Untrue, Born again Unborn, Jesus personal saviour Jesus Communal saviour. Instead of converting non Christians like Chinese or Indians they are busy calling each others names. Christmas is pagan faith. The crucifix is pagan and humiliates Jesus. .

Purim, Indulgencies Ash Wednesday
Pasach Passover feast Paska Easter
Rosh ha Shana Christmas new year.
Shavuot Pentecost. The coming of Paraclete Holy Ghost or Spirit.

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Sure. Why not? Jesus parents were Jews. Judaism isnt evil its just blind and misguided in certain aspects. Specifically in denying Gods Word that Jesus is His son as well as Christ and Messiah and in ignoring the entire New Testament. All those laws and rules and rituals they burden themselves with are unnecessary but not evil. If a Christian wants to celebrate Sabbath or Hannukah or Rosh Hashana or whatever else more power to them. In fact there are Messianic or 'christian' Jews who have opened their eyes to the Truth. Many of them still observe traditional Jewish celebrations.

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I think you are blind and misguided and violate God's words!
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Lior needs to lighten up a bit. Thanks for the insight!:)
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Ignore Lior. Shes a provmclaimed athiest and just lurks here to cause trouble.
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Haha:)
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There's a huge difference between being an atheist, and being Jewish like lior and I.
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@aux.
This thing you say about Jews is it again god hardening their heart as He did to the Pharaoh? Perhaps up to something more sinister than the Egyptian experience?

@ The 3 of you May I suggest you guys need a special guest referee for your battle of words. What quality of such ref would you like?
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Sorry they are 4. What about a tag team match?
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Was Christ Jewish?

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Yes
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Jesus won't approve

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And why would that be? He celebrated them himself!
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*prays enthusiastically*
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Well, I don't really see the point of that. It can take a long time to learn all the laws of each individual holiday, plus many Jewish holidays aren't really very fun, like fast days. Maybe your are better at fasting than me but I can tell you, fast days suck. I'm sure if you wanted to acknowledge the holidays that would be fine, but I don't see why you would want to celebrate them if you aren't Jewish.

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