Truth or Superstition? #1


Whistling

Q: Is it true that according to Kabbalah it is forbidden to whistle inside a house?

A: Nonsense (There is no prohibition against whistling.  Outside of Israel, non-Jews whistled, so Jews refrained from doing so.  It is also permissible to whistle on Shabbat.  Shut She'eilat Shlomo 1:182.  This is also the opinion of Ha-Rav Yosef Soloveitchik.  Divrei Ha-Rav, pp. 197-198).

 

Fingernails

Q: Is it possible by looking at a pregnant woman's fingernails to know if she will have a boy or a girl?

A: Nonsense.

 

Silver Knife

Q: What is the source that a pure silver knife is a Segulah for a livelihood?

A: There is none (And so says Shut Doresh Tzion of Ha-Rav Ben Tzion Mutzafi: It is a waste of money).