New Year's in the Talmud
The rabbis of the Talmud speculated about the nature of the Roman New Year's celebration.
Presupposed by all these talmudic explanations is the firm conviction that January 1st is not merely a Roman civil holiday, but a pagan religious celebration. According to the Talmud, by participating in its festivities, Jews would be showing honor to idols and to their most hated enemy, the "Kingdom of Wickedness," Rome.
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