Celebrating American holidays

Jeremy D Stern (jddrummer@juno.com)
Thu, 03 Jul 1997 20:29:33 EDT

Benson Stone asked:
>Are we allowed to celebrate American holidays (Thankgiving, 4th of July,
>etc.)?

According to Reb Moshe Feinstein, ZTZ"L, one may observe any secular
holiday, and is encouraged to do so if celebrating for one's free and
religious-accepting country. The catch is that one may not make such a
"holiday" like a "Chag," a Jewish festival. That means that one may not
respect that secular "holiday" with the same holiness which we give to
Jewish festivals. If all religious restrictions are kept, such as, if
there were a holiday during which it is the custom to eat pig, one may not
do so.