(sources: Talmud Brachot 55a; Leviticus with Rabbi S. Hirsch; Mishnah Berurah 1) In 2001, an Arab terrorist detonated a guitar case filled with explosives in Sbarro's pizzeria at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road, the busiest area of downtown Jerusalem.
The heinous attack killed 16 people and wounded 100.
Or could it be that Jehovah deliberately had these details recorded in his Word, which he says is “beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight”?
” Watchtower 1980 Jul 15 pp.30-31 It is correct that two birthday parties are specifically mentioned in the Bible, neither was for worshippers of Jehovah, and someone was killed at both.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate birthdays, based on what are claimed to be Scriptural reasons.
This affects Witness children most, and later this is often remembered as one of the areas of greatest embarrassment and loss in childhood.
Also we place salt on the bread because salt is a preserver, symbolizing that this meal is no longer merely a transitory experience, but a moment that will last for eternity.
Further, Genesis says that we should eat our bread with the sweat of our brow (sweat contains salt).
(Many are particular to do this on Shabbat.) The reason for this custom is because the table that we eat on is compared to the Altar that once stood in the Holy Temple. Just as all offerings on the Altar were salted, the bread that we eat is salted, too.
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Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that observing birthdays is wrong, so the Watchtower uses four predominant lines of reasoning to prevent Witnesses celebrating birthdays: When presented together, these may appear to provide solid defense against birthdays.
However, when deconstructed each point shows poor logic, and the Watchtower condemnation of birthdays contradicts Bible principles.
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