Back when I spent several months in Nepal with a bunch of Israelis, I wrote a post poking fun at said Israelis for not knowing the difference between Halloween and Christmas. I now understand that this was wrong. It is unreasonable to expect people to accurately tell holidays apart when they are celebrated primarily on the other side of the world. I know this because, well, check out the latest example of poor translation, courtesy of Facebook (but really Bing; click to embiggen):
For those who can’t read Hebrew, here’s an accurate translation:
I can sort of see how you might confuse Purim with Halloween. The two holidays do both involve dressing up and distributing foodstuffs. But the similarities more or less end there. And it’s not like Bing doesn’t know that Purim is a thing:
So yeah, I don’t have an explanation for this. But if I’ve learned nothing from fastidiously documenting the best of Facebook/Bing’s inexplicable inability to translate basic Hebrew into English, it’s that no amount of speculation is likely to turn one up. Unless . . . maybe Microsoft really does just have it out for Israel.