We are taught that we eat the head of a fish so as to enter the year on a positive note, rather than a tail, which would suggest a year of inferior quality. How is this different from sticking pins into a doll and hoping that my belligerent boss winds up dead as a result?
Judaism promotes itself as a religion (or rather, the religion) of reality. So what’s up with this apparent hocus pocus of simanei milsa (“signs are significant”)?
Suppose it’s your anniversary and you’re intent on making a show for your wife — what sort of gift do you get her? Most would get flowers, some chocolate and others perhaps jewelry. But suppose you get your wife a pastrami sandwich. What would she think of that?
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