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Do Jews Cross Fingers?

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Question of the Week:

Is it wrong for a Jew to say "fingers crossed" for good luck? And if so, is there a Jewish equivalent to crossing fingers? I am waiting to hear back about a job interview and need all the luck I can get...

Answer:

Crossing fingers is a Christian practice.  It originated in medieval England, when Christians believed that the cross symbol had the power to ward of evil and bring good fortune. If you bumped into a witch and didn't have a cross handy, the easiest way to form one was by… Read More »

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

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Question of the Week:

Can you shed some light on the custom to cover the mirrors in a house of mourning? I was told that after the funeral of an immediate relative we cover all mirrors in the home for the seven days of mourning. One explanation offered is that we are not supposed to adorn ourselves while mourning. But I am looking for any deeper explanation you may have...

Answer:

There is a more spooky reason for covering mirrors in a house of mourning. This may sound a bit way out, but on reflection it might not be so wacky.

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