Nittel Nacht is a name given to Christmas Eve by Jewish scholars in the 17th century, Jews were forbidden from appearing in public during the high Christmas holidays, and as such the day marked the beginning of a siege of sorts for certain Jewish populations. “Studying the Torah is forbidden”, Passing the time playing card games or chess is also popular.
After the advent of the Gregorian Calendar, Orthodox Christians and Catholic Christians observed Christmas Eve on two separate dates; this led to Rabbinic debate, and Nittel Nacht is observed in accordance with the local Christian community. Certain pious Jews observed Nittel Nacht twice each year. December 25 and January 6.
I’m currently a junior in college, studying philosophy and religious studies. I was raised Southern Baptist but became an atheist in high school. I find it’s very hard for me to understand the intricate part that Midrash plays in Jewish life. I understand it’s important to the binding Jewish narrative because it helps to flesh out the Torah and teach children. But how do you use it as a grown up? What benefit does the Midrash give you as a Jew? I ask these honestly, because I find myself frustrated in trying to understand it. It may seem very obvious to most Jews why the Midrash is important but I find myself constantly pushing against my professor (a reform Rabbi). Do y'all ever feel frustrated about the purpose of Midrash? I guess I’m hoping to have someone explain why it’s such an important part of Judaism as a whole. Like how it’s used, and why it flourishes.
@tikkunolamorgtfo – y'all keep it real and I’d love to hear your thoughts on Midrash if you’d spare the time. I understand if you don’t want to answer though!
@jewishconvert – your journey has been mad cool to follow and I’d love to hear how Midrash was introduced to you and if you incorporate it into your life as a Jew!
@jewish-privilege – y'all are cool as all heck and I’d love if you could take a second to enlighten a confused goy. No pressure! Just love the blog and thought I’d try