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The Give and Take of Halloween and Judaism© - Parashat Lech Lecha

The Give and Take of Halloween and Judaism©Parashat Lech Lecha 5778/2017Rabbi David Baum Photo by Haley Phelps on Unsplash
We do something called a Q & A with our religious school - Question Box - Questions that Siri and Alexa cannot answer.  Most of the time, the kids ask questions, but sometimes, the parents slip one in.  

I wanted to share one of those questions from a parent last week: Should Jews celebrate Halloween?
Now, what was the parent really asking…
What do you think?
I thought the following:
Rabbi, is it wrong if I send my child trick or treating? What message am I sending my children? Do we really have to be that different? Why can’t Jews just have some fun with everyone else? Rabbi, can I have permission to send my kids trick or treating?!?
First, I want to state the following- Halloween and whether Jews celebrate or not is not my main issue as a rabbi. My kids aren’t pestering us yet with asking to go - thankfully they don’t see pictures of their friends trick and treatin…