Saint Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine’s Day is problematic for Jews. Not only is it a saint’s day, but it’s got a nasty history of violence for us.

According to Beliefnet.com:

[Not] only is Valentine’s Day indisputably a Christian holiday that honors a Christian martyr, but several thousand Jews were martyred on the day named after him. In the mid-fourteenth century, tens of millions of Europeans were dying from the plague; rumors were rampant that Jews dreamed up the disease to poison Christians. In Strasbourg, a mob used this as an excuse in 1349 to exterminate local Jews to whom they owed massive debts. About 2,000 Jews were rounded up and burned to death on a platform in the local Jewish cemetery.

But never let it be said that Jews don’t believe in Love.

So, if you have heart-shaped and chocolate-flavored romance on your mind today, click here for some Jewish views on love and sex.

And join the discussion: Should Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Posted on February 14, 2007

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