December 25, 2016, - 5:27 pm

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah to My Readers & Friends – How Jewish, Christian Soldiers Celebrated Together in WWII

By Debbie Schlussel

JEWISH SOLDIERS GIVE UP HOLIDAY FURLOUGHS, CAMP FORREST, TENN. – Thousands of Officers and Enlisted Men of the Jewish Faith Have Given Up Their Holiday Furlough This Year In Order to Make it Possible for the Maximum Number of Their Christian Fellow Soldiers to Be Home With Their Families on Christmas. Here Two of the Christian Soldiers Thank Their Jewish Buddies for Giving Up Their Furloughs. Left to Right: Sergeant Philip Gale, Corporal H.E. Taylor, Both of Springfield, IL, and Private George Cooper and Sergeant Walter Romanchik, Both of Chicago, December 23, 1941

I wish all of my readers and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah. Today is the first time in nearly 40 years (1978) that Christmas Day and the first day of Chanukah coincide, and it’s a cool thing. Above is a photo of Jewish-American U.S. Army soldiers during World War II, giving up their furlough days and remaining on duty so that their Christian counterparts could go home and celebrate Christmas.


This is a Judeo-Christian country, NOT a Muslim one. Our religions can both trace our presence and contribution to this country since before the beginning, as we’ve both fought in every war, including the Revolutionary one. Muslims haven’t. (They merely participate in ever cowardly, murderous act against us.)

As I’ve said on this site so many times before, while I don’t believe that Jesus was or is the savior (we Jews believe the savior has yet to come), I respect you, my Christian friends, and your religious observances. And without you and–above all–G-d’s help, I wouldn’t be free to observe my religion in this nation and have the freedom to voice my opinions here and elsewhere. That’s why I’m thankful that America is still a Christian nation.

But we must all fight to make sure this remains a Christian country. Muslims are on the march not just in the Middle East, but all over our soil. And the incidents at Pulse and Ohio State (remember the Somali who recently drove into people?–we’ve already forgotten . . . and so quickly) and San Bernardino and marathons in Boston and New Jersey, as well as the streets of New York and a train station, are not unique. They will likely repeat and further escalate on our own soil.

Christians are dwindling and are under attack in the small numbers they still maintain in the Middle East. The only place where they are safe and thriving there, is in Israel, where the Jews are protecting them and their religious freedom . . . just as we both are doing so here. But the Middle East is not unique. It is merely an artificial, geographic region. The Islamic quest to dominate and conquer knows no border or regional limitations. It’s here and its mission here is the same.

When Jewish soldiers gave up their furloughs to allow their fellow soldiers of the Christian faith to go home and celebrate Christmas, it was out of heartfelt sincerity and concern. Today, Muslims are in our military, where they deceive and seek to further their jihadist conquest.

We must fight back or die.

That was the message of the Chanukah story when the Maccabees engaged in decades-long fighting to defeat not just the Assyrian-Greeks, but the Hellenist Jews who enabled and acted as dhimmis for them. We have the same Jews in large numbers here today. The same Jews who remain silent despite Barack Obama’s reptilian behavior against Israel in the United Nations. They are the same Jews who gush over Obama’s phony Chanukah wishes written by some White House PR hack, even as today, he sides with the modern-day Assyrian-Greek idolators and enslavers. In fact, the Muslims–especially the Palestinians, an “ethnic” artifice with no real distinction from other Muslims of the region–make the Assyrian-Greeks look like pikers. But the Hellenist Jews are the same old re-run we’ve seen throughout history. They will probably invite post-Presidential Obama to make millions at speaking engagements at their phony synagogue “temples” and so on, with the Obama-orchestrated U.N vote against Israel and the U.S. “abstention” not having any effect on on them.

The Maccabees, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out on this site, slew many more Hellenist Jews than they did Assyrian-Greeks. It was their way of draining the swamp.

Obama is the King Antiochus (the villain of the Chanukah story) of modern times. Soon, he will be gone. And we as Jews and Christians and Americans will finally see the light, as better forces take over come January 20th.

King Antiochus and the Hellenist Jews were eventually defeated, but it took a long time. Let’s hope that in time to come, the same victory will happen for us and our great nation.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all. You my readers and friends are my greatest holiday gift.


More about Chanukah tomorrow and the following days, including my warning to you, “Beware of the Latka Jews.” I’ll explain what they are very soon. Stay tuned.

14 Responses

Happy Chanukah Debbie.

Will you be sharing any thoughts about what’s going on at the UN (aside from the fact that nothing good ever comes from that org)?

YCHtT on December 26, 2016 at 7:10 am

Well said, Debbie. Let’s hope the Trump years will be of great benefit to America, Israel, and the world.

Chag Chanukah Sameach.

Gary Sack on December 26, 2016 at 9:37 am

My father was a member of the NYPD. So many years he would switch off days with Christians cops. My father would work Christmas, Easter etc. UN exchange getting off for Passover, Yom Kippur etc. it was mutually beneficial and great to have my dad being able to celebrate the holidays with us.

Glen Benjamin on December 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to everybody here

Infidel on December 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

Concise description of the “true” meaning of Chanukah; defeat the Hellenists amongst us!

Howard on December 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

Good day Dear Debbie Happy Chanukah to you and all friends! Merry Christmas to all friends¨! We Love America! We Love Israel With all my Respect Tirdad Gharib.

TIRDAD GHARIB on December 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

We are also guided – or supposed to be – by Judeo-Christian values, NOT radical fringe Greenwich Village/San Francisco/Fire Island “values” which, like Islam, are also on the march around the county and throughout the West. Two of the main linchpins of Greenwich Village/San Francisco/Fire Island “values” are the destruction of the family via “gay” marriage, and so-called “transgender” bathrooms; plus, in places like Massachusetts that have imposed the latter, enacting penalties on any woman or child who is assaulted by one of those sickos due to that law, and who dares to speak out about same. Much of the tenets of Greenwich Village/San Francisco/Fire Island “values” are borrowed heavily from Islamic Sharia law, such as said prohibitions of any criticism of homosexuality, heavy fines (derived from the Islamic concept of jizya) and even prison time for anyone who doesn’t appease said subversive, depraved “values” (go ask Kim Davis about that). Moreover, such “values,” unlike Judeo-Christian values, are completely and totally dependent on the coercive power of Big Government to carry them out. (Not to mention “gender equality” being nothing more than a loaded code phrase for LGBTQ…XYZ supremacism.) Though the Pulse attack was Islam in action (as Debbie would point out), and clearly horrific and deserving of condemnation, part of the reason behind it was the Left’s aggressive homocentric and other radical social-engineering policies that end up being wholly discriminatory (and even exclusionary) against Christians, others of faith, and those that value traditional marriage, family, and traditional values. I would agree with others within this community that January 20 cannot come soon enough.

ConcernedPatriot on December 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

Well said! When I served at US SOCOM I would volunteer every Christmas to be on watch so my Christian service members could have that time off to be with their families.

Dr. Bob on December 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

I return your greeting with a wish for the well-being of you and your family.

Worry01 on December 26, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Debbie Schlussel, Happy “belated” Hanukkah to you, your Agnostic and secularist reader as and friend, I hope that your time off this blog-source helped get your mind off of specific bullocks that we’ve seen and read in the news.

And everybody else here: Merry belated Christmas, and yes “Happy Holidays” (one of my liberal leaning Facebook friends said that us Conservatives get angry at that. I call BS on that, it’s a celebration of holidays in November and December alike).

Sean R. on December 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Sean R, you are correct. Too many conservatives celebrate the commercial capitalist version of Christmas from black Friday to Christmas day when they tear their decorations down and call it done. But the true Christmas “Holiday” is celebrated from Advent till the end of January. It’s basically what the term Happy Holidays actually refers to.

theShadow on December 27, 2016 at 1:35 am

As a Christian veteran of the United States Army, I want to express my gratitude to all of the Jewish military veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Since no one ever made a big deal out of anyone’s religious beliefs, I only personally knew of a couple of Jewish soldiers the whole time I was in the Army, although there must have been more.

I’m especially grateful that, as a soldier in the United States Army on a special leave from the war in the old Republic of Viet Nam, I had the opportunity to visit Israel, and tour the entire country as the sole Christian (I’m a Mormon) traveling with Jewish groups, for I was staying at the Park Hotel in Tel Aviv.

Strangely, many years after my military service, when living in Saint Anthony, Idaho, I remember expressing a Hanukkah greeting to a fellow volunteer worker (we taught adults, including prisoners, to read and write), a Jew from New York City, who immediately reacted by becoming frightened and paranoid, wanting to know how I knew he was Jewish, and imploring me to not reveal it to anyone.

Within days, he left town, relocating to Missoula, Montana.

I always wondered about that?

Since then, I’ve met a couple of other Jews who wanted their religion kept secret, as they appeared frightened of something which I didn’t know of.

I can’t imagine anyone I know doing anything to threaten or harm any Jew.

The Book of Mormon specifically forbids persecution of Jews.

After all, Jesus Christ was born and raised a Jew, and Jews gave our Holy Bible to us Christians.

John Robert Mallernee on December 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

Barak Obama allows illegal aliens in USA but demand Jews be removed from ancient Jewish area. Has anyone made that point?

Madman on December 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

Chanukah has gone through a number of phases in how it’s been seen by most members of the Jewish community. Historically in the United States, it has been largely perceived as a substitute Christmas.

It has though, within the last few decades been subject to the same trivialization that has affected Passover. The Jewish content has been weakened, and people think more, as suggested above, of latkes or dreidels. Just like Passover is now almost as much a Black Lives Matter holiday as it is Jewish holiday, that is, a holiday where the Jewish community uses the ‘opportunity’ to express solidarity with our ‘oppressed brothers and sisters’, including, woefully, at times, terrorists.

A sign of the times. It is consistent with the trivialization of American holidays. Columbus Day is the most notorious example, but, certainly Christmas. Listen to the ‘Christmas Music’ on the radio; all about snowmen, sleigh rides, everything except the actual religious significance of the holiday. Not to mention the never-ending leftist attacks on the holiday.

Presidents Day has been distorted, and, perhaps worst of all, Thanksgiving is now an opportunity for us to be reminded how we oppressed the Native Americans (sic!)

So the leftists, consistent with their weakening the spirit of the American holidays, are doing the same thing with the Jewish holidays.

Little Al on December 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

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