Why do Jewish people eat Chinese food on Christmas? It’s actually about more than just the convenience of being open on a holiday. When Eastern European Jews and Chinese immigrants settled in Lower Manhattan, New York, around the turn of the 20th century, both of these large non-Christian groups found themselves without plans for the holiday.

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  1. 2000 years ago a guy from the tribe of Judah, and house of David, brought the GOOD ROOT, the Messiah of Adam to the world and showed us HOW ADAM is resurrected from the dead, EVERY MAN in his own order (I Cor 15): Adam became "many" (LEGION) and Christ, Messiah, the GOOD ROOT of Adam, gathers Adam from the four corners of the earth back to ONE MAN, the Last Adam: What purpose is the Jew then? The Jew is Adam's heart, his Eve, his woman that must birth the Messiah which circumcises the heart during this TRAVAIL of the heart/woman and she, the heart is saved in child bearing: Adam then is saved from his CORRUPTED CARNAL MIND by this NEW BEGOTTEN SON (YECHIDA, the Keter, the crown of life) from which the ANOINTING, the HOLY OIL flows to the whole soul (ten sefirot of the tree of knowledge, making it a TREE OF LIFE, or Torah to those who GRASP IT): The serpent is LIFTED UP (through Aaron, the priesthood) which is the SPIRIT OF ELIJAH (his God is YAH) and beheads the ego (evil inclination): Once we get the NEW HEAD (Messiah) who is God in the world, the heart/woman is taken to the wilderness to be corrected and the tail of Satan, the CARNAL MIND or Adam's fallen mind that brings nothing but thorns and thistle's from that ENMITY he gained from choosing the evil root (Serpent). The first person to repent (DO THESHUVAH) was Abraham who saw the day of Messiah and was glad: His children experienced Messiah till they went into Egypt through Joseph who was taken there by God who meant it for good, but then Israel lost their connection to God, to the COVENANT made with Abraham. So God took them out of Egypt and wrote the law on their STONY heart but that heart has to become the WORD MADE FLESH when they comprehend the TORAH SPIRITUALLY: In time, God "CHOSE" David to bring Messiah by repenting all the way back to the EVIL ROOT to bring the GOOD root to the whole world of Malchut, the lowest level of Asiyah: When David did what Abraham did, JUDAH WILL HAVE KEPT THE VOW he took to FIX, correct the EVIL ROOT OF THE TREE and make it GOOD, a tree of life planted by living waters: Nahum 1:15: THROUGH JUDAH, the WHOLE HOUSE OF DAVID (not just one person but all of that house) the work would be "FINISHED" hence Jesus words, IT IS FINISHED: What is finished? THE good root Adam did NOT CHOOSE< would be CHOSEN and everyone will have repented back to that good root, redeemed the time for the days are evil. Those who repent will see the DAYS OF MESSIAH and those who don't, will not see them, but only experience the affects of them which happens to everyone: The VESSEL OF VANITY (the ego) is destroyed: If you are ready, then you have a SOUL WHO COMES UP and out of the ego like a chick out of an egg: Jerusalem Jerusalem how many times I wanted to gather you as a mother hen gathers her chicks but YOU WOULD NOT: (be gathered): If God is doing a NEW THING, a woman (heart) will compass a MAN (VOV, Jesus in GREEK but YHVH in Hebrew) then that MAN WILL be the FULL STATURE OF THE INNER MAN of the heart: YaH is within the VOV which is within Malchut or the second HEI): GOD WITHIN HIS PEOPLE: If the SOUL (chick does not come out of the egg (EGO) then there is NOTHING but an egg: No chick: When the body dies, there is nothing to move on and up and continue and Israel as well as the world that it hasn't brought the light to, remain in exile for another round of harvests: God works in 7000 year harvests of souls and we are in the 6th day and Messiah is finished making MAN on the sixth day, his number is SIX (VOV): The 7th day, Sabbath, MAN enters his REST (God does all the work in him from that point on): IF God is NOT IN HIM, how will the SOUL REST? DO NOT FORSAKE ENTERING YOUR Rest: If you don't keep the Sabbath day HOLY, you die:

    but the sower will sow the seed (who knows what will happen the next 6000 years: THIS EARTH however will be inherited by the MEEK , who will be PEACMAKERS and the world and everything in it will PASS away and be passed away by the end of the Sabbath day: Yet they shall call his name "JESUS" on the 8th day: Everyone will understand JESUS after the Sabbath is over:

    So in summary, Judah will give birth to Messiah through the house of David who will become the MESSIAH OF ISRAEL by raising Adam from the dead because according to Luke's genealogy, Adam is the son of God: Adam became Israel when the heart turns to God and when Judah gives birth to God through that heart's good ground (Mark 4, John 16) then the NEW COVENANT begins to be in affect (Jeremiah 31:31) to fulfill all things, one man at a time (I COR 15): ONE LIVING STONE of the temple at a time, built upon the corner stone the ego rejected, but this house, this TEMPLE is built by God or nobody: God has been building it for 2000 years:

    gog=mountain who is magog = of the mountain: The mountain shall be laid low because the mountain is the WHOLE EGO of mankind that comes against God in the end and God will BRING that MOUNTAIN LOW and he will exalt the valley (of the shadow of death) the dead bones of the house of Israel: HOW? through Prophecy: How do you get the spirit of prophecy? your soul must separate from the mountain (ego) so God can make the crooked strait through the spirit of Elijah (the DESIRE FOR GOD) and this desire leads to the REVELATION OF MOSHIACH within you, rising to light your neshama again: Moshiach is the GOOD ROOT of Adam's soul (tree of knowledge) that he did NOT chose but must do teshuvah (repent) to choose so it can overcome the evil root (Yetzer hora, lashon hora): Its all very simple, but the heart of mankind doesn't want to know the truth because he doesn't want to return to the good root and bring that light into the world:

  2. We're the only ones that are frugal enough to look for the lunch special that is $11 gives you about 2 pounds of food in Canada lol

  3. I know many Jews eat Chinese food during Xmas cause they wanted to thank and remember the Chinese for saving them during WW2, even though, China was in turmoil! Currently, there are still a lot of Jews living thru out China. The first largest Jews establishment in China was in Kaifeng during the Sony Dynasty and then later in Shanghai during WW2.

  4. Chinese food is my Birthday food, Halloween food, Easter food, St. Patrick's food, etc. There's never a reason not to eat Chinese food.

  5. Nice but here's a question from a non-American Chinese guy: Aren't there any Jewish restaurants that open on Christmas? I mean even the Chinese could go eat there if they exist

  6. I saw a lot of comment about using lard and I can assure you that you’re fine. They do do that in south eastern China And northern China but not really in eastern, central and western China. In American Chinese food lard is rarely, if ever used since it is hard to find and most dishes that Americans eat don’t need lard for flavoring. I used to work at a Chinese restaurant and the cook told me that he never served any dish with lard.

  7. So I guess there are many Intercultural relationships between Jewish and Chinese Americans, and individuals who describe themselves as Jewish Chinese Americans. ☺

  8. Eating Chinese food on Christmas also says that there are people who do not celebrate Christmas and this is what they do on Christmas Eve. It is a win win for the Chinese and the Jews!

  9. My family and I used to have Chinese food every Christmas in New York – it was delicious and the only restaurants open on Christmas day. I have been doing that with friends in Las Vegas for years until this year – covid. I bought some Chinese appetizers to have at home – sad – hope next year will be almost like old times……….

  10. We have had Chinese food every Christmas Eve since I was in 4th grade, I’m 59 now. My father’s birthday was Christmas Eve, his parent’s wedding anniversary is also the 24th. He was their only child so they spent every Christmas with us. My grandmother had many food allergies and that was the only food she could eat in a restaurant. My daughters have continued the tradition of Chinese on Christmas Eve. It brings so many fond memories of my grandmother in her mink stole and big diamond dinner ring she only wore that night.

  11. “We also participated in some Christmas festivities” > ongoing decline of Judaism in US.

    And Jews eat/ate Chinese food on Christmas because: a) it was a holiday, so the entire family was at home, b) Christians stayed in, to celebrate Christmas, so restaurants were less crowded, and c) Chinese restaurants were usually the only restaurants that were open. (For reasons a) and b), ditto for movies).

    Sorry, no “mystical” bond between Jews and Chinese, no “sorta kosher” food, etc.

  12. We're Baha'is rather than Jews , and we've adopted this custom as well. See whatever blockbuster movie got released on Christmas and patronize our favorite local Chinese restaurant. We'll, till CoVid, anyway. I guess this year it's Wonder Woman on HBOMax and curbside pick-up!

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