Is it true that new years is the aniversary of yushka's bris

closed as off topic by Isaac Moses Mar 7 '11 at 19:48

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    Now, what is the relevance of this with respect to Jewish life or learning? Are some people machmir to observe nittel on the day of the bris as well? :-) – Dave Feb 7 '11 at 5:28
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    Sure, we don't want to do a "vach nacht" for him! – Alex Feb 8 '11 at 0:13
  • I'm closing this so that the community user doesn't keep bringing it up, hoping it will finally get an upvoted answer. – Isaac Moses Mar 7 '11 at 19:48
  • @IsaacMoses Is that a valid close reason? – Double AA Dec 21 '12 at 2:00
  • @DoubleAA It's also truly off-topic. – Isaac Moses Dec 21 '12 at 2:04

Dr. Shnayer Leiman has a fascinating shiur on a related topic (the mysterious "fast of the 9th of Teves"), and one of the points he brings up is the complete unreliability of the December 25 date. It's worth a listen here, at the 33:00 mark.

  • I think it's well accepted, even within Christianity, that the Dec. 25th date is baseless. – TRiG Jun 17 '12 at 23:43
  • @TRiG Maybe in theory, but certainly not in practice. (I guess the marketing folks had to pick some day, right?) – Dave Jun 18 '12 at 0:45
  • And the birthday of Sol Invictus seemed appropriate. – TRiG Jun 18 '12 at 9:54
  • @TRiG who knows. – Dave Jun 18 '12 at 15:52

Well if he was born on Dec 25 then 8 days later on New Years would be the anniversary of his Bris.

  • So the question then is whether he was indeed born on December 25th. – Tzvi Jan 10 '11 at 17:09
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    Why? He might have been an unhealthy baby (especially if he was born in a manger), and had to have his bris postponed... – Alex Jan 24 '11 at 2:31
  • @Alex Alternatively, he was born Mahul. – Double AA Dec 21 '12 at 2:00

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