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According to local media the mayor of one New Jersey town knocked on a citizen’s door on Christmas Eve and asked the family there to remove Christmas decorations allegedly found offensive by another neighbor.

Working with neighbors the Alvator family of Tenafly, New Jersey set out 300 decorative luminaries to celebrate Christmas. They claim to have cleared the action with local fire and police departments ahead of time.

“Our neighbors, from all different backgrounds, sent their children out to help fill the bags and light the candles early in the evening on Christmas Eve. We loved it. We thought it was a great sense of community,” said Scott Semone.

But by the time they sat down to a Christmas dinner around 9pm the mayor was knocking on the door and asking that the luminaries be removed. He claimed a neighbor a few doors down was offended by the candles and that he, being Jewish, understood how this neighbor felt.

“It had nothing to do with religion. It was about bringing people in our neighborhood closer together,” Jason Alvator said.



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Ricky Claus

I'd say if the joining neighbor didn't agree with it he/she could have removed them from in front of their house. Where was the mayor's backbone. It is no more than saying we are joining together. Now days its hard to trust your neighbor anymore. Communities are falling apart and becoming more individuals as the world in it self is turning. Only we can make the change one step at a time. Smile and wave and wish them a good day.

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St.nickolasmillikan

I read things like this and I think were have the times gone when your neighbors were friends and stopped by to just say hi, I remember as a kid my grandma would make a cake and put it out but it wasn't for the kids it was for when the neighbors came over so she would have something to offer them, now your neighbor knows on your door and you don't even take the lock off to talk to them.  

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Santa Steve H

Just a sad story...

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Morgan Putnam

The Meaning of Candles in Judaism

Candles have a variety of meanings within Judaism. Candlelight is often thought of as a reminder of God's divine presence. Candles lit during Jewish holidays and on Shabbat serve as reminders that the occasion is holy and distinct from our day-to-day life. The two candles lit on Shabbat also serve as a reminder of the biblical requirements to "remember" (Exodus 20:8) and "keep" (Deuteronomy 5:12) the Sabbath. Candles are also equated with joy in Judaism, drawing upon a passage in the biblical book of Esther that equates light and joy (Esther 8:16).

 

In Jewish tradition the candle flame is also thought to symbolically represent the human soul and serves as a reminder for the frailty and beauty of life. The connection between candle flames and souls derives originally from the Book of Proverbs (20:27): "The soul of man is the candle of G-d." Like a human soul, flames must breath, change, grow, strive against the darkness and, ultimately, fade away. Thus, the flickering of candlelight helps to remind us of the precious fragility of our life and the lives of our loved ones, life that must be embraced and cherished at all times. Because of this symbolism, Jews light memorial candles on certain holidays and their loved ones' yahrzeits.

 

http://judaism.about.com/od/jewishculture/a/What-Do-Candles-Represent-In-Judaism.htm

 

I'm not seeing the issue here.

 

Jews certainly don't have a monopoly on candle use at holidays and there's nothing inherently offensive (to a Jew) about their display by a Gentile.

 

So...what's the issue?  EXACTLY, what does the neigbor/mayor find offensive in their display?

 

Now if they'd run Menorahs up and down the block...I'd give you that.

 

Again, with the sloppy research.

Edited by Morgan

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Santa Leonard

And people say there is not a "war on Christmas"?

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KKringle

I have friends who are Jewish and Muslim in our community. They put candles in their windows and white lights in their trees...,  If for no other reason that they find it pretty and serene. I have friends in New Brunswick, New Jersey who are also Jewish and their house is decorated more that many of the others. It is about a sense of community. People just want to hear themselves complain and watch others get hurt in the process.  The mayor had no place telling these people what they could do on their own property. I just don't get why some people are just so ignorant and intolerant. 

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Florida Kris Kringle

Is it just me, or would anyone else have closed the door in the mayor's face? Before I did, I would tell him that I will be here with my display for many years to come, while you'll only be in office ______ (fill in the blank).

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Chris Capstone

When I read this my first thought was "Show me what city ordinance I'm violating or get off my lawn."  Who does this mayor think he is?  He thinks has the authority to ask someone to remove Christmas decorations from their private property?  He should be glad he lives in NJ because if he did that in Oklahoma he would likely get a butt whoopin'.

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Santa TJS

Time to organize a recall on that Mayor and put him out of office

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Santa Marty

Over stepping of governmental authority.

If you like your mayor, you can keep him, period!

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