Dec 6, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The New York Board of Rabbis and the Catholic League issued a joint statement yesterday denouncing the newly created holiday, which combines Chanukah and Christmas, called Chrismukkah.
In their statement, Catholic League president William Donohue and the New York Board of Rabbis vice president Rabbi Joseph Potasnik said they are “deeply concerned about the spiritual misrepresentation of a newly created holiday.”
Chanukah begins today, Dec. 7, at sundown and ends at nightfall Dec. 15. Chrismukkah begins at the same time, but it ends Dec. 25, on Christmas Day.
Chrismukkah is a new hybrid holiday that seeks to conflate Chanukah and Christmas, made popular by a teen television program called “The O.C.” It is a reflection of the high degree of intermarriage, especially in recent times, between Christians and Jews.