Passover is coming...
Saturday, March 23, 2013
This year it will be easy for me to avoid the bread because I am in the middle of a diet where bread is enemy number 1. It is so boring but so far effective so I hope that dreams about french bread are worth it.
Here is an interesting fact about Jewish people that you might not know, they are very superstitious
when they are pregnant. This is not one of those official Jewish rule. Just one of those things that most Jewish people know.
When I was pregnant, I was not allowed to tell anyone (outside the immediate family) until I was at least 3 months along (everyone just thought I was getting rapidly obese). In addition, many Jewish girls don't have baby showers or buy anything for the baby until after it comes. Many Jewish girls order their cribs, etc but the stores don't deliver them until after the baby comes. My mother had her baby stuff stored in someone else's house until I was born.
Many Jews don't find out the sex of the baby. Very religious Jews don't even name the baby until the Bris (circumcision)
I had to know the gender of both of my children and I picked out names for both of my sons before they were born but did not have it written on anything until they were born. (This was also in case those sonograms were wrong). I did have a shower and set up the nursery before my sweet boy came along but I did not wash any of the baby clothes. As soon as he was born, the washer started running and has not stopped since.
Why this "craziness"? Well, Jews don't like to tempt fate. We don't know what G-d has in store for us. My very wise grandmother used to say "We make plans and G-d laughs". This is the opposite of the Book "the secret". I probably live in a world in between. I don't like to tempt fate but I do believe in the power of positive thinking.
What it an interesting custom that your culture has that I might now have heard of?