What if Jews celebrated Halloween? That was the question of a viral Jewbellish image. In that spirit our guest writer has put together a hypothetical code of Jewish law for Halloween.
Add your own laws in the comments below.
by Binyomin Ginzberg
1) No trick or treating until sundown. This year not before 5:54PM in the NY area. Children may trick or treat earlier for Chinuch (educational purposes), but it’s preferable if they wait until the zman.
2) A scary costume is preferable, but b’dieved (2nd choice), one dressed as a princess or a Minion has fulfilled the obligation of dressing up.
3) One who turns off the lights and pretends to be away is called a sinner!
4) Shaving cream used for tricks does not require kosher supervision.
5) If Halloween falls out on Shabbat (like this year), trick or treating within the eruv (a string around the city allowing Jews to carry outdoors on Shabbat) is permissible. If there is no eruv, one still trick or treats, but the custom is to cut a hole in bottom of the plastic jack o’ lantern so the candy goes to waste.
6) To be considered a trick, one must damage property valued at at least one perutah (approx. 5 cents). A trick must also inconvenience the victim by at least 6.7 minutes. In case of emergency, there is a lenient position of 4.8 minutes one may be allowed to rely on. Consult your Halachik authority (your Rabbi).
7) The pumpkin should be placed on the top step, to the right of the door.
It is preferable to use a real pumpkin as a jack o’ lantern. B’dieved (2nd choice), plastic is also acceptable.
9) One does not make a blessing before trick or treating, because it is not certain that the homeowner will be home. (And one may not utter Gd’s name in vain.)
10) When giving candy, one must give an amount at least the size of an olive (about five candy corns.) Some are of the opinion that it has to be at least the size of an egg (twelve candy corns.) This opinion is preferable.
11) When egging cars, one should be careful not to drop any eggs prior to throwing them. Remember, Ba’al Tashchis (the sin of wasting)!
12) Not Tznius (immodest) witch costumes, only at home with one’s husband.
The One Voice Foundation Launches “Miiad: A Fight to Unite”
Miiad—A Fight to Unite , a delightful music video to promote Jewish unity, has just been released. It marks the beginning of a worldwide movement for Jewish unity launched by The One Voice Foundation. American-Israeli songwriter, Katia Bolotin, composed the music and lyrics to Miiad with the hope that the song’s unifying message will be taken to heart and actualized. Bolotin believes that “Jewish unity is not just a lofty pursuit, but essential to overcome the challenges of our times. The Torah teaches us that peace and blessing are predicated upon our viewing one another favorably and joining together. Our mission is to look beyond our differences and to find ways to heal the rifts that divide us. We must unite our fragmented people.” Miiad was recorded in Jerusalem and is sung by Israeli singer Bezalel David.
Miiad—A Fight to Unite is more than a feel good song; it is a call for action. It’s meant to be shared and talked about, and to have its message internalized by each and every Jew. “Each of us can have an impact on someone else,” Bolotin says. “the goal is to grow a movement that can, and will, change the way we think and ultimately act. Each of us must become an integral link in the chain. Jewish unity is possible. Join the dance!”
“I’m very happy to have Jewbellish as the launching pad for this fight to unite,” said Mendy Pellin, Co-Founder of Jewbellish.com. “If anyone is crazy enough to pick this fight, it’s us!”
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This film was written and directed by Mendel Katz.
Last Sunday, the LoopHoler Rebbe (aka. Mendy Pellin) performed “Jewbellish Live.” Similar to the Tonight Show format, it contained a mixture of stand-up and celebrity interviews. He interviewed famed Israeli singer Chaim Yisrael and local Jewish singing sensation Benny Friedman. A crowd of 1500 people were in attendance for the show benefiting children with special needs.
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