Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's that time of year again :(

See Not going there, literally :( . I'll be skipping Tehillim (Psalms) Group today, because I do not wish to "davven" "Parshat HaMan." I'll read it as part of Parshat B'shalach, this week's Torah reading , but I won't davven (pray) it--I don't believe in segulot, which, in my opinion, is just a fancy word for superstitious practices.

ADDeRabbi gets the last word.


Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

Well you know, there are segulos, and there are segulos.

I read recently at Bad4Shidduchim that being nice to your date is a segulah for getting married.

Can't argue with that one.

Tue Jan 31, 07:55:00 PM 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure I understand why reciting pashat haman is more of an issue than tehilim. Both are scripture and I belive are being used in the sense of prayer. At least to me this different that a "shissel challah" or hamsa.

Wed Feb 01, 09:18:00 AM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Reform BT, that's not a segulah, that's just seichel (common sense)! :)

Anon., maybe my perspective results from the fact that I've never yet used the recitation of Tehillim (Psalms) to pray for something for my own benefit, though I have, occasionally, responded to requests to pray for someone else's health.

As for "shissel challah," there may be more danger involved than possibly swallowing a key. And I would be as likely to wear a hamsa as I would be to wear a rabbit's foot--I don't believe in good-luck charms/amulets any more that I believe in segulot. Superstition is superstition, no matter what its origin.

Wed Feb 01, 09:44:00 AM 2012  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

Don't you know that "seichel" or "common sense" is just the evil yetzer trying to lead us astray from our rebbe's da'as torah? ;)

Wed Feb 01, 08:29:00 PM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Another wiseguy heard from. :)

Thu Feb 02, 12:12:00 PM 2012  

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