MembersChristmas in Haifa

Christmas and Hanukkah didn’t coincide this year, but that was no reason not to party together.

By Dov Eilon | | Topics: POTPOURRI
Christmas trees
Photo: Photo by Sapir Bronzberg/FLASH90

In the background of the following picture of a Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah you can also see the Bahai Temple. All that’s missing is Islamic symbolism to make this a truly interfaith holiday scene.

Haifa is known as an ethnically and religiously-mixed city. It has many Arab inhabitants, including Christians, living among a majority population of both secular and religious Jews. And the city is proud of multicultural orientation. Coexistence seems to work in Haifa, where the general attitude is “live and let live.” But does the Bible actually approve of such a situation? An idolatrous Bahai temple in the Holy Land? A decorated tree of pagan origin? Sacrilegious!

“You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars...

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