Valentine’s Day is about expressing your love and appreciation for your significant other. It’s about stopping to take a moment, and saying ‘thank you for being there for me.’ But Valentine’s Day can be so much more! It can be a day full of Adam L’chavero Mizvahs.
Here are 5 ways you can make a Kiddush Hashem on Valentine’s Day:
- Ayin hara
Whilst serenading your loved one is very romantic. Save the big romantic gestures for home. Couples love goupy romantic actions, but we forget what it’s like to be single, craving that same thing for ourselves. Hashem blesses the private things. Nothing is more blessed than our romantic relationships.
- Spreading the love
Valentine’s Day is just a good day as any other, to set up your single friends to help solve the shidduch crisis. In fact, it’s probably the best time! Sometimes sinking low gives us perspective, to overcome (ahem) unrealistic expectations. Setting someone up, gives them a chance to share in Valentine’s Day, and not feel left out… and who knows, maybe it could work! You never know…
- Mekabel Et Kol Ben Adam B’sever Panim Yafot
There is a special mitzvah to greet everyone you meet with a smile and a pleasant face. This is a huge Kiddush Hashem on it’s own, and it’s even more important to give of ourselves to lift up other people’s spirits. Make EVERYONE your valentine in some little way. Try giving out kosher chocolates to anyone you typically meet during the day (no giving candy to strangers!!), to your boss, to your co-workers, and especially your children’s hard working teachers!
- Making Shabbat Kodesh
This year Valentine’s day falls on Erev Shabbat, so now is the time for an extra special rendition of Eshes Chayil! It’s excellent chinuch for the children, to make a silly song or a lovely gesture to the valient valentine in your life! (Might be a good day to help with the dishes too… just saying)
- Heart Shaped Challah
Make a special family activity of baking challah with the kids! And for fun, make it heart shaped! Kids love to join in the Shabbat cooking, and shaping the dough is one of the more child friendly activities! The only problem is the fight that breaks out over who get’s the aorta. (Note: go with traditional valentine’s hearts, instead of anatomically correct shapes).
Which Valentine’s Day gesture would you appreciate?