I made Valentine’s day cards for the first time in my life.
That was yesterday.
They were for the kids in the oncology department. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that my grandfather was rolling over in his grave.
What are the halachic issues of making Valentine’s cards for sick kids, anyway?
Does making a chilul Hashem by appearing cold and heartless outweigh making the card?
They were anonymous, or signed by multiple people with first names only.
Does that make a difference?
What are the rules about just signing my first name on a card already made and signed by someone else?
I also carved a pumpkin for the first time in my life this year. That was mostly because I absolutely could not resist a new artistic medium. The pumpkins were judged by the oncology kids on their hospital-arranged collective trick-or-treat.
What about the halachos of that?
I didn’t even do one Halloween-themed. It was pure artistic expression and I didn’t win anyway.
Does anyone know?
PS: Roasted pumpkin seeds taste great, so buy the pumpkins on sale the day after Halloween for eating purposes!