Is the celebration of New Year’s Eve allowed in accord with the Jewish religion?
No, not in Haifa, Israel, according to the rabbinate there. They say that a New Year’s Eve party is an act of “Idol worship,” as JTA reports:
Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Haifa rabbinate has warned local hotels and event halls that they could lose their kashrut supervision if they hold New Year’s Eve parties on their premises.
“No parties celebrating Christian New Year’s Eve should be held on the premises, and our supervision will be further denied to those who disobey our instructions,” read a letter from the rabbinate sent to area businesses, Ynet reported.
The decision is based on a previous decision made by the Chief Rabbinate, the head of Haifa’s Religious Council, Avi Weitzman, told Ynet.
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