Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine's Day and Judaism- By Rabbi Mike Uram

"There is nothing about the contemporary traditions of Valentine's Day--cards, flowers, chocolate--that seems overtly religious. But the holiday's full name of St. Valentine's Day certainly implies that it has Christian roots.
Thus, the question of whether it's appropriate for Jews to celebrate Valentine's Day is reasonable. The answer would seemingly be tied to the true origins of the holiday and the history of the saint for whom it's named." 
Read More: Valentine's Day and Judaism- My Jewish Learning

Rabbi Mike Uram is the Director of Jewish Renaissance Project and Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Hillel. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He's glad that he can celebrate Valentine's Day as his wife always loves flowers.

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