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Philip Roth and Holiday Iconography
December 25, 2012
As we are settling back and taking it easy this holiday, let’s not forget the words of Philip Roth from Operation Shylock: A Confession — doubly filtered through the voices of both “Philip Roth” and Moishe Pipik — which may help to put the season into perspective:
The radio was playing “Easter Parade” and I thought, But this is Jewish genius on a par with the Ten Commandments. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and then He gave to Irving Berlin “Easter Parade” and “White Christmas.” The two holidays that celebrate the divinity of Christ — the divinity that’s the very heart of the Jewish rejection of Christianity — and what does Irving Berlin brilliantly do? He de-Christs them both! Easter he turns into a fashion show and Christmas into a holiday about snow. … He turns their religion into schlock. But nicely! Nicely! So nicely the goyim don’t even know what hit ‘em. They love it. Everybody loves it. … If schlockified Christianity is Christianity cleansed of Jew hatred, then three cheers for schlock. If supplanting Jesus Christ with snow can enable my people to cozy up to Christmas, then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
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CFP: Special Issue, Philip Roth Studies (18.1, Spring 2022), “Roth and Judaism"