Sunday, December 6, 2015

Trump Adviser Doesn't Get How Judaism Works

President Obama gave a speech on Sunday night about the threat posed by ISIS. It also happens to be the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of the Selucid Empire at the hands of the Judean rebels known as the Maccabees.

Just days after his candidate delivered a speech loaded with Jewish stereotypes to a group of Jewish Republicans, Trump adviser Daniel Scavino Jr. said it was "disrespectful" for the president to give a major speech when Jews are celebrating Hanukkah:

But his suggestion would actually be disrespectful.

Hanukkah is a holiday of minimal religious significance to Jews — its cultural importance in the United States is largely due to its proximity to Christmas. (It helps Jewish kids not feel left out when their Christian friends are getting a whole bunch of presents).

On the other hand, Shabbat, which begins on Friday night and ends on Saturday night, is very important to Jews.

Keeping the Sabbath holy is one of the Ten Commandments, and many Jews refrain from using technology during Shabbat.

So... they wouldn't be able to watch the speech.

Something that Twitter immediately noticed.



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