Oh, before I forget, today is Friday the 13th.

For those of you who are interested, you can read up on the superstition behind the date that gave Friday the 13th such a bad rap. And of course, if you’re looking for a little good fun scare, you can always rent the horror movie that goes by the same name.

To us Jews, apparently, 13 is supposed to be a lucky number. Boys become bar mitzvah at age 13, there are 13 months in the Jewish year if you count leap year, and when Israel declared independence in 1948, its provisional government deliberately had 13 members for good luck. With Friday being the start of the Sabbath, arguably Friday the 13th is one of the luckiest days of the year.

Or, if you’re like me and not at all superstitious, you can just view today as the day between Thursday the 12th, and Saturday the 14th. Either way, I hope it’s a good one!

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