May one say hello to their gentile housekeeper on one of their holidays?

Answer:

It is permitted to say hello to gentiles on their holidays. Shulchan Aruch writes that one should greet them in a more subdued manner than usual.

Sources:

See Maseches Kallah, chap. 3, who permits greeting non-Jews on their holidays, without making any stipulation. This is also stated by Rambam (Avodah Zarah 10:5). However, the Gemara (Gittin 62a) writes that upon meeting a non-Jew on his holiday, one should greet him in a subdued manner, and this is the expression used by Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De’ah 148:9).

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2 Responses to “Greeting non-Jews on Their Holiday”

  1. Is there an issur to say the name of their specific holiday(when greeting them)? Should one just say happy holiday instead?

    • It is better to avoid the name itself, though this won’t be a full prohibition.

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