Sunday, December 24, 2006


Since moving to Jerusalem, Christmas hasn't had any affect on me at all. We don't have the massive commercials on television urging us to buy this or that for our loved ones.

The commentators don't remind us how many days there are left until Christmas.

There are no lights in any windows except for Channukah menorahs and candles at this time of year.

But, somewhere, deep down, I can still feel it. The excitement of the season. The snow falling. The beauty of everyone's homes, both inside and out with Santa Claus and twinkling lights.

The awe my Christian friends felt at the birth of Jesus. The ceremony of Midnight Mass. The smell and taste of special foods being prepared for the holidays.

With all the good wishes and all the sharing, I still felt like an outsider looking in. It was kinda like pen*s liked what you had, but that one over there looked interesting.

I love living in Israel. I feel honoured to be a citizen of Jerusalem. I have walked the Via Dolorosa. I have visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I have seen Gesthemane. And been awed.

Bethlehem is five and a half miles from Jerusalem. And in the days when it wasn't so dangerous, I used to go visit all the time. I have been to the Church of the Nativity.

See, I live with ghosts. I live with the Original Cast. Yours, Mine, and Theirs. And, no, I'm not going to go into a political debate on the subject today.

Today I just want to send you all my Season's Greetings.

To all my friends who are celebrating Christmas tonight, let me wish you a very Merry Christmas. I wish you a holiday of joy, good health, peace, love of family and friends, a few extra shekels in your pockets and a pinch of mazal along the way.

Eat something fattening for me too. And as my brother Dovidle always says at this time of year: Jesus is the reason for the season. Noel.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 9:43 PM, Blogger Keliata said...

Shalom Mara.

I admire you for being able to write this without anger or bitterness. How wonderful it must be in Israel and bombarded with commercials, music, etc. this time of year.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Keliata said...

Shalom Mara.

I'm glad you are able to write this without even a trace of bitterness or anger or aggravation at all of the commercialism and preaching that goes on this time of year, at least in the US.

I love your blog and style of writing, too.

At 11:48 PM, Blogger macart said...

Hi M:)

Thank for the wonderful sentiment, in fact I just copied your words and sent it on to some of my gentile friends and acknowledged that is was provided by a friend.

Your words cut to the chase and are so very meaningful and I appreciate yur thoughtfulness.


Arthur Blankstein (here in balmy Canada)

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Leann said...

YES jESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.THANKS FOR PUTTING THAT DOWN.ITS ALWAYS GOOD TO HEAR IT FROM OTHERS AND NOT JUST MY LITTLE FAMILY.yes you are blessed to live over in the holy land.I have never been there but would love to go.I feel the Lord every time I see pictures from there.the sea pictures and all get to me.I would of corse be by the water to.Id be right there where Jesus was talking to the fisher men.some day maybe Lord willing i will be able to go.but for now Im happy with the maker of heaven and earth in my heart.God bless you friend.and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

At 2:18 AM, Anonymous TIm said...

Thank you for the thoughts and greetings, Marallyn. Funny, I would rather be in Israel right now . . . though without the crowds.

As we watched "The Nativity Story" movie today, I kept whispering to my wife, "I have to take you to Israel sometime." There is just no place like Israel. You are truly blessed, Marallyn.

My prayers are with you, and may your days be safe and blessed.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shallom keliata...thank you so very much for your kind words and for dropping in...hope to see you here again soon...stay safe and season's greatings to you and yours

At 10:10 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom arthur...thanks so much for sending my blog on to your friends...what a nice compliment...hope you and yours are well...stay safe and a sweet shabbat shalom

At 10:11 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear leann...i am sure you would love it here and i hope that you have the chance to come and is truely an amazing place....enjoy your holidays and eat something fattening for me too...stay safe my dear friend

At 10:14 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhhhhh will be a blessed day the day you land here once again...i can't wait...stay safe and enjoy the holidays


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