Dear Matzav.com Editor,
It is that time of year again when “peace and good will to all men” is upon us.
Let me ask you a question. Would you bring an Xmas tree into your home? What could possibly be the problem? It is just a tree with decorations! Of course none of us would do such a thing; the entire community would be in an uproar. Do you agree?
Would you take your child to sit on Santa’s lap? This notion is too far-fetched; we all know the terrible affect it would have on the spiritual growth of our youngsters. Certainly we wouldn’t place a picture of Santa on our wall, even to make fun of it! But if Coca Cola utilizes this image to sell its product, not only will we buy it, but it will also be placed on the Shabbos table in front of the children! Why? We have to have Coke! Is it really that difficult to buy another brand or flavor?
Did you know that this picture symbolizes the holiday?
Did you also know that the affect of this tumah will cause you and your prodigy to learn Torah improperly and could, G-d forbid, influence your offspring to go off the derech!?
How do I know this to be true?
Anything that takes you close to Hashem is emes while anything that takes you away is sheker! There is nothing in the world but emes and sheker. There’s no neutral zone! Does that make sense to you?
Please ask that your yeshiva not distribute this drink to your kinderlach. Please also ask the frum stores not to sell this stumbling block. Consider that when a non-Jew sees this product in your shopping cart, they see this, even in a minutia way, as your participation in their holiday and this causes a chillul Hashem.
Thank you for considering my request.
May Hashem bless us with only good and protect us from making the wrong chesbon!
Mr. Chawnaw Hershel Kahn