Jonathan D. Safren yonsaf at
Thu Dec 20 02:16:36 EST 2001

Slight correction: Merry Christmas = Hag Molad Sameah.
Which I wish all Christian members of the list.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
Beit Berl Post Office
44905 Israel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles David Isbell" <cisbell at>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: Greetings.

> Ian asked: "what's the Hebrew for Merry Christmas?"
> **************************
> Most Hebrew speakers don't say it often <g>, but it is HaG  ha-MoLaD.
> Small bit of jocularity:
> The only Jewish boy in a small town asked his father what to say when his
> teacher asked all the students to tell the class what they had done for
> Christmas.  The father replied.  "Tell her that every Christmas eve, just
> after Daddy closes the only jewelry store in town, our family gathers
> together, totals up all the sales receipts, holds hands, and sings What A
> Friend We Have in Jesus."
> Shalom,
> Charles David Isbell
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