JEREMY ROSEN

Why oh why do Jews celebrate Halloween?

THERE is far too much superstition among us. Worrying about evil spirits, evil eyes, curses, and hexes was the prevailing norm around the world until relatively recently, but it persists in some minds.

I notice superstition particularly in those communities and traditions which have drawn heavily on Kabbala as a practice not just as commentary and mystical theory.

All cultures have absorbed strange traditions. That does not mean one cannot adapt an alien idea and give it significance. But that is not the same as doing something out of fear.

One is fun. The other is a curse!

So how come we, supposedly rational western-educated modernists, celebrate Halloween?

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