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by gilabrand

Favorite thing: If you are a paraskevidekatriaphobic ? which I just discovered is the name for people with a morbid fear of the number 13 ? then Israel may be just the place to visit for a cure. In Judaism, 13 is a positive number. Boys celebrate their bar-mitzvah, which marks their ?coming of age,? at 13. ?Today I become a man,? many bar-mitzvah boys say when delivering their first public speech, after being called up to recite a blessing over the Torah.

Paradoxically, fear of Friday the 13th also has a semi-Jewish connection. According to the experts, the Last Supper ? which was a Passover seder ? was attended by Jesus and 12 guests. Guest number 13 was Judas, the person who allegedly betrayed him to the Romans, and the event took place on Friday.

Number 7 also has good connotations in Judaism because the Sabbath falls on the 7th day. And Tuesday is the day of the week most sought after for weddings because of the Genesis story: God was "doubly happy" with what he created on the third day.

Eighteen is a lucky number because in Hebrew, the numbers form the word "chai," which means life. Donations or gifts are often made in multiples of 18 - twice chai, three times chai, etc.

On birthdays, the standard wish is ?ad me?ah ve?esrim? ? may you live to 120 - because Moses lived until 120. An even better wish is ?ad me?ah KE-esrim? ? may you live to 100 as if you were 20.

P.S. I wracked my brains but couldn?t think of any "unlucky" numbers.

(The photo shows the door to Jerusalem's Masonic Temple, on 13 Ezrat Yisrael Street).

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  • Updated Feb 19, 2007
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