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Weekly Jewish Wisdom
May 5, 2016
Jewish Crystal Balls
I laughed out loud this week when I read Michael Wilson's article "Tarot Cards in the Age of Yelp" in The New York Times. How on earth do you rate a psychic? Is it based on a prediction you like? Maybe you get fewer stars for a negative prediction. It seems like a rough business, but at least any psychic worth his or her salt (crystals) knows in advance what rating you are going to give.
Psychics have been in the news quite a bit lately, mostly for crazy scams that have led to law suits. I even noticed, for the first time, a radio advertisement for California Psychics. On their website, they claim that two reasons that people choose them is that they are very selective. Only two out of every 100 are deemed worthy. They also have a policy that "if it's not the best psychic reading you've ever had, it's FREE." Another laugh out loud moment. I think people must choose them for the weather.
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Making a community dinner? Please think about honoring this request: https://t.co/CZB25gi3Xi
"Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine," Charles Dickens.
Kiddushin 55a: "Consecrated property is desacralized if it is misused intentionally." If it's supposed to go to the Temple, keep it holy.
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary," James Madison.
Kiddushin 54a: Priests can wear their special garments even when not ministering because "The Torah was not given to ministering angels."