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Why I’m Not Sending Flowers on Valentine’s Day
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Why don’t Orthodox Jews observe Valentine’s Day? After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? To understand the answer, let us first examine the origins of the celebration. A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. […]
The Yarmulke: A Crown of Contemporary Honor
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Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat… how to work… how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl that shows our constant devotion to God. […]
22. The Gifts of Intellect and Imagination
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Prophecy, as we have discussed, entails a combination of intellectual perfection and imaginative perfection. Each person possesses these qualities to a different degree. [II, 37] Some people have just enough wisdom to run their own lives, while others possess enough to influence their neighbors, their society, or the world. People with great intellect but without […]