Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bless you!

In der velt, when you sneeze and someone says "bless you," should you respond "thank you"?

20 comments:

Crawling Axe said...

You should say: “Thanks. You too.”

Crawling Axe said...

Unless you’re an atheist, that is. Then you should say: “No, thanks. I gave up my place in the World-to-Come.”

e said...

"bless you"="may you enjoy good health," not "may you merit the life of the world to come."

e said...
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Crawling Axe said...

Who is doing the blessing? The original is: “G-d bless you”.

Crawling Axe said...

By the way, in Russian, since Communists it’s “bud’ zdorov” (“be healthy”). I don’t know what the original was.

Anonymous said...

Your supposed to say thank you. and I think bless you is just to ward off the demons that just flew out of your nose.

J

C said...

Of course. When wished well by anyone, the polite response is "Thank you."

sarabonne said...

I normally respond with a nod and smile. This is New York afterall.

le7 said...

You should say thank you.

The Real Shliach said...

The question is, how classy are you e?

e said...

the question is how metchlich am i.

sarabonne said...

I'd be too shy to actually say thank you.

e said...

I'm too anti-social to bother nodding and smiling. It's so much easier to just say two words than engage in complicated gestures.

Dovid said...

What are you worried about, that they are blessing you in the name of their dieties?

e said...

about this, i was not concerned.

Cheerio said...

then most definitely, say thank you. you don't need us, you need emily post!

e said...

emily post?

Cheerio said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Post

Crawling Axe said...

Why does a Jew need Emily Post?