Last night was New Year's Eve. For some strange reason Israelis call it "Sylvester". I have lived here for years, and I have asked quite of few Israelis, both religious and non-religious, about this strange name, and I haven't received a decent answer. (Whenever I hear this name, though, I can't help but imagine a huge costume party with hundreds of people dressed as black and white cats, accompanied by those smaller in stature dressed as bright yellow birds - complete with lisps!)
Until today. I finally decided to do a search on the internet, and I found out the truth.
Sylvester was a Roman pope who lived in 325 CE, and convinced Constantine not to let Jews live in Jerusalem.
So this "holiday" is called by the name of a notorious anti-Semite.
I'm glad it is just another day in the calendar for my family.