An atheist and a Rabbi were having an argument.



The atheist maintained that if one lived an ethical, upright life,
he had no need for God. The rabbi asserted these qualities
were fine, but without spiritual values, the real beauty of life
could not be comprehended.

“I don’t see where the recognition of beauty has anything to do
with believing in God” protested the atheist.

“Let me illustrate,” explained the holy man. “A believer, when he
arises on a lovely spring day, goes to the window, breathes deeply
and says, ‘good morning God.’ But, when the atheist arises and
goes to the window, he says, ‘My God, what a morning!'”

Humor and the Jewish People



366 words read out loud should take about 2.8 minutes
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Humor and the Jewish People

The Jewish people lay claims to the oldest of written histories, as well as an endless list of grievances toward the mostly hostile world in which we have lived. We have endured over 4,000 years of persecution, slaughter, torture, inquisitions, pogroms, and death camps.

We were enslaved by the Egyptians, slaughtered by the Philistines, exiled by the Babylonians, dispersed by the Romans, and butchered and chased from land to land in Europe. A history of pain and suffering, tragedies, of great losses, and of surviving against all odds. Jewish humor, too, has persevered over many a generation. Wit and laughter helped sustain the us in our misery. It also provides us with a unique and insightful tool for the examination of our chronicles, attitudes, and way of coping with reality.

Jewish humor derives from the immense disparity between what was expected to be the glorious destiny of the “Chosen People” who were to be “light until the nations” and our long tormented and often bleak existence.

We perceived ourselves as the “Nation of the Book,” the people who view themselves as an intellectual powerhouse and have pride in our ability in interpreting vast complexities of sacred texts found ourselves powerless in our dealings with hostile rules, malicious brainless peasants, and anti-Semites throughout our history. Though cohesive in our private world, we felt isolated and apart from the world at large. To help cope with this disparity, we Jews created a humor where laughter and tears, happiness and fear were inextricable.

The typical Jewish joke revolves around those situations that are familiar to all Jews, geography notwithstanding. The point of a traditional joke was grasped as quickly by the shtetl dweller as by his more sophisticated brother in the large metropolis.

The humor is full of acute social observations, exposing mental follies and the frailties of human nature. The gist of the jest is often a play on words, double entendres, animated facial expression, and conspicuous body language.

An old Yiddish proverb expresses it poignantly, “burdens are from God, shoulders too.” Shoulders at times bear the load, and at times shrug it off. The humorous element of a conventual Jewish anecdote is as amusing today as it was in days past, forfeiting none of tis biting relevance to time.

 

Lightly edited; Original article copyright David Minkoff
May be freely copied for private use only.

Lifelong Commitment to Tikkun Olam Inspires a Bat Mitzvah Journey



Judy Leavitt grew up in a time when Reform Judaism was going through a major transformation and women in Reform Judaism were not yet able to be a Bat Mitzvah. Her story reflects a larger story of our movement as well as the changing role of women in the movement.

Growing up in New Jersey, in a family of Jews whose lives were focused on social justice, Judy became committed to Tikkun Olam, helping to ‘repair the world’.

At the beginning of her career Continue reading Lifelong Commitment to Tikkun Olam Inspires a Bat Mitzvah Journey

Post Yom Kippur



Dr. Michael Miller, indicated people should combine regular exercise with 15 minutes of laughter a day for good cardiovascular health. “It is conceivable that laughing may be as important to maintain a healthy endothelium, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Miller.

A Laugh A Day May Keep Heart Disease At BAA
Copyright @ Health Talk
March 9, 2005


Jewish humor examines the role of religion in contemporary life, often gently mocking the religious hypocrite.


So, grab your phone and start or add to the necessary 15 daily minutes.  Time yourself. Rule is, you must read Humor Corner out loud with vigor and meaning. You cannot be a silent “laugher.” Make noise, please.


A Reform Rabbi was so compulsive a golfer that once, on Yom Kippur, she left the house early and went out for a quick nine holes by herself. An angel who happened to be looking on immediately notified his superiors that a grievous sin was being committed. On the sixth hole, God caused a mighty wind to take the ball directly from the tee to the cup – a miraculous shot.

The angel was horrified. “A hole in one,” he exclaimed, You call this punishment, Lord?

Answered God with a sly smile, “So, who can she tell?”


According to http://www.speechinminutes.com/, this short Rabbi story should have taken you .07 minutes reading out loud.  Now search out 14.3 minutes more humor. Laugh and stay healthy.


Family Israel Discovery Trip



israel pictures

Congregation Beth HaTephila
Family Israel Discovery

Led by Rabbi Batsheva Meiri
June 20-July 2, 2018

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bnei Mitzvah Ceremony overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Spiritual Shabbat experiences in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
  • Participate in a unique, hands-on archaeological sifting project
  • Exciting Jeep ride and water hike in the Golan Heights
  • Camel Ride and Bedouin experience in the Judean Desert
  • Hands-on volunteering opportunities
  • Explore the mystical city of Tzfat, meet with artists and make candles
  • Plant a Tree in Eretz Yisrael
  • Parallel programming for adults and kids throughout the trip

Registration is open!

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Contact Rabbi Batsheva Meiri using the form below
OR
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