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The Valentine's Day that Wasn't

By Tzvi Fishman
2/15/2011, 12:00 AM

Yesterday, I had no idea it was Valentine’s Day until a reader referred to it in a talkback. That’s one of the great things about living in Israel – you aren’t bombarded with the holidays of the idol worshippers, and with all of their polluted symbols, the way you are in the Diaspora.

Approximately 141 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually in America, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

St. Valentine's Day contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.

In love with the Diaspora

I suppose if I had wandered into a shopping mall yesterday, I probably would have seen some Cupids and hearts, but I didn’t. And even if some of this cultural poison seeps into Israel, it’s miniscule in comparison to the festive orgy of the pagan hoopla you find when you live amongst the goyim.

That’s another reason why I can’t understand how my brothers and sisters can live in foreign Catholic and Christian lands when they could live in Israel instead.

The great love affair with the Diaspora joins the world’s classic love stories, alongside Romeo and Juliet, who were also buried in the same grave, just like the inevitable fate of the Diaspora.

Lovers buried in the same grave

Anyway, speaking about love, or lust, and little naked angels with bows and arrows, nearly 2000 people have already downloaded the pamphlet on Shmirat HaBrit which we posted on

Print it out and give it to a loved one as a gift. Or send it out in emails. It’s a great tikun for all the transgressions that people commit on Valentine’s Day!