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Friday, May 13, 2016

First Friday the 13th Before Parashat Kedoshim in 95 Years

This year, Friday the 13th falls out right before Parashat Kedoshim (in the Diaspora). This is significant since Parashat Kedoshim is where we find the negative commandment in the Torah not be superstitious with times:

Vayikra 19:26:
לֹא תֹאכְלוּ, עַל-הַדָּם; לֹא תְנַחֲשׁוּ, וְלֹא תְעוֹנֵנוּ
Ye shall not eat with the blood; neither shall ye practise divination nor soothsaying.
 and Rashi explains ולא תעוננו as:
לא תעוננו - ל' עונות ושעות שאומר יום פלוני יפה להתחיל מלאכה שעה פלונית קשה לצאת
Lo Te'oneinu has a connotation of Onot - time periods - and hours, where one says, "Such-and-such a day is auspicious to start work," [or] "Such-and-such a day is a bad time to go out."
It is noteworthy since the last time this occurred was 95 years ago.

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