This week my friend Raffi phoned from Jerusalem.
Raffi is a husband and father, and a graduate student in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI).
He told me that he was unhappy about an announcement from the University this week:
All classes would be canceled on December 25.
Yes, you heard it here first:
For the first time in its ninety year history, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - home to the world's largest Judaica book collection - had Christmas vacation.
They called it "Yom ha-Molad" - literally, "Day of the Birth".
Raffi was not merry.
He was merely perplexed, given that HUJI's student body are ninety percent Jewish and nine percent Muslim.
One of his fellow students complained, "What's next, Christmas trees?"
It seems to me that such chagrin is misplaced.
Their real complaint should be that they only got one lousy day - in the middle of the week!
Why not two weeks like every other country? Or at least a 3-day weekend?
For your table: What do you think? Did HUJI go too far on this one, or not far enough?
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