1. the act of tempting; enticement or allurement.
2. something that tempts, entices, or allures.
3. the fact or state of being tempted, esp. to evil.
Synonyms 1. lure, attraction, pull, seduction, inducement.
We all know what this is. We joke about illicit sex and chocolate, the staples of temptation, referencing the age old failure of marital fidelity and diets.
Most of us can walk away from the Big Temptations: adultery, murdering the guy who just cut you off in traffic, eating an entire container of Ben & Jerry's ice cream when dieting......
Yet I have to confess to having a contrary streak. Of all the mitzvot H"S gave us, know what I have the biggest problem with?
Meat and milk. That's right. Easy mitzvah, really. Easier than just about anything.....except that for some odd reason, every time I have something with meat, I have an instantaneous craving for an ice cream cone. Or a yoghurt. Or a slice of cheese.
I think I have an oppositional-defiant streak, but why it only surfaces with the meat/milk issue, I have no idea.
Contrary to a rumor started by The Husband, I do cook. I made a stew last night for Shabbat. All good stuff: meat, a nice red wine, broth, seasonings, potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms......and almost unconsciously I tasted the stew, picking up a spoonful of the broth with a small piece of meat in it.
"Mmmmmmm," I said, savoring it, and then almost immediately thought, S***! Now I'm fleishik!" That moment of appreciation for a dish that shows every sign of turning out splendidly was immediately spoiled by my own contrariness.
Okay, so I can't have ice cream. So what? I'm on a diet and don't even keep ice cream in the house, ferhevvinsake!!
Why does this bother me? I think because its such a little thing, and I feel like I should be above it, and also, I have this suspicion that I'm the only person in the world who suffers from this perverse temptation to run out and eat a grilled cheese sandwich immediately after eating something with meat in it.