The New York Sun, which published the original “Yes, Virginia” letter in 1897, has now started running the letter every year. However, this decision was not made lightly – the current editor is Jewish, so he ran the question by a number of rabbis, “sages of a rank and degree of Orthodoxy that would be unquestioned even by the heads of the greatest yeshivas.” They gave the Sun a green light to continue endorsing Santa’s existence, indicating their agreement with the Sun‘s wisdom from a century ago:
VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
The Sun also addresses some choice words to the recent pronouncement by a Harvard professor that Santa is racist.
Do you think I’m cheapening the blog by linking to a story about rabbis for Santa? Let me restore our highbrow reputation by posting this link to Mike Tyson’s analysis of Kierkegaard.