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Humor Corner – August 2019



Arnold is very nervous as he goes up to his girlfriend’s father and says, “Mr. Joseph, you know I’ve been dating your daughter, Esther, for over 9 months now. Well I’m happy to tell you that we’ve both fallen madly in love with each other and want to get married. I’m here to ask you kindly for your daughter’s hand in marriage. What do you say?”

“What do I say?” beams the father.  “This is what I say. Mazeltov, my boy! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for some time. Of course, you can marry Esther, but only on one condition.”

“What condition is that?” asks Arnold, looking a bit worried.

“On condition that the hand you’re asking for, replies the father, with a mischievous grin, “is the hand that is always in my pocket.”

Humor Corner – August 2019



The sign in the theater box – office read: Service Men special today – 90 cents.

Anita Wonder went up to the window, laid down a five dollar bill and said, “I’ll take two marines, two sailors and a paratrooper!”

(WW II humor – politically incorrect today?)

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Senator Jacob Javits of New York was in England on one of those fact-finding junkets so beloved by Congress members.

A constituent happened to be in D.C., and decided to stop in to see his senator. After wandering around the cavernous Senate Office Building for awhile, he finally located the proper office and introduced himself.

“I’m sorry,” said the secretary, “but Senator Javits has gone to the United Kingdom.”

“Oh, my goodness!” exclaimed the visitor, clearly taken aback. “Is it too late to send flowers?”

Classic Jewish Humor in America
Henry D. Spalding|

Humor Corner – June-July 2019



An elderly man refuses to leave for the air raid shelter until he can find his dentures. His wife yells at him,
“What, you think they are dropping sandwiches?”

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Q: Is one permitted to ride in an airplane on Sabbath?
A: Yes, as long as your seat belt remains fastened. In this case,
it is considered that you are not riding, you are wearing the plane.

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Israelis view of themselves:

An Israeli, a Brit, a Russian, a Vietnamese man
and an American are sitting in a restaurant.

A reporter comes by and asks. “Excuse me, but can I get your opinion
on the recent grain shortage in the third world?”

The Brit asks: “What’s ‘shortage’?”
The Vietnamese asks: “What’s ‘grain’?”
The Russian asks: “What’s an ‘opinion’?”
the American asks: “What’s the third world?”
The Israeli asks: “What’s ‘excuse me’?”

…and you ask?

Humor Corner – May 2019



Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

A little comedy can even lift the darkest mood – and now it appears that a good laugh can work wonders for the body too.

Researchers have uncovered the most conclusive evidence yet of a link between laughter and the ability to fight disease.

In a study the researchers found roaring with laughter can boost the immune system up to 40%. They now believe health professionals should look more seriously at humor as a complementary therapy.

The research at Indiana State University involved 33 healthy women, half of whom watched a comedy video together, while the others watched a dull video on tourism. The comedy watchers could choose from films starring comedy stars, Tim Allen. Robin Williams and others. When the films were over, scientists took samples of the women’s immune cells, known as natural killer cells, and mixed them with cancer cells to see how effectively they attacked the disease.

They found that the women who had found the comedy funny enough to laugh out loud had significantly healthier immune systems afterwards than those who had watch the tourism film.

Dr. Mary Bennet, the lead researcher, said, “This could be clinically important. The use of humor to stimulate laughter could be an effective complimentary therapy to decrease stress and improve the natural killer cell activity in persons with viral illness or cancer.”

Humor workshops are already marketed for self-healing and stress relief. Complementary health experts believe this research shows the need for more services.

Edzard Ernst, Britain’s only professor of complementary medicine, said: “there is increasing evidence that laughter does more than just improve the mood. It is already being used in some pediatric wards. They bring people in to cheer up the kids. There is scope to expand this. We laugh too little.”

This article appeared in the Evening Standard, London, 10 April 2003.

Don’t stop now. Read more from 2017
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5468052/

Tikkun Olam Is A Verb



Artist Elana Kann of Asheville has created the sculptureTikkun Olam Is A Verb.  She and her sister Sheella Mierson lovingly gifted it to the Temple in honor of their parents Lotte & Seymour Meyerson and in honor of the Temple’s mission statement

Here is Elana’s explanation of how she imagined the sculpture’s elements, as she designed and built it. Other interpretations are valid as well!

Her hope is that people can see in it what they want and need, as their own lives intertwine with the parts of the world that touch them, and that everyone will find something in it with which to identify. And, her hope is that this will inspire the congregation with an important part of CBHT’s own Mission Statement–the determination to repair what is broken and heal what is suffering.

She envisioned three vertical layers to the sculpture. From the top the images portray brokenness–shattered shards of light or glass (Kristallnacht?); loneliness, pain and fear (child on left); anger & violence (fist); fire.

From the bottom comes healing, starting with the big hands that represent what people of various faiths or beliefs call God, Buddha, spirit, the sacred–whatever name people give to a force that unites us in compassion, love, and support. Those hands heal and support the community–the people in a circle with their arms around each other. This group could be interpreted as Beth HaTephila’s congregation.

And the middle shows various narratives that pass the healing on. The community of people who experience that love and compassion themselves reach out to heal the brokenness above. Again moving left to right, a hand reaches out to the lonely hurting child; below that a hand tries to put a broken piece back in place; two hands offer compassion to the violent fist, to help soften it; the handshake represents racial healing (and the top hand, made of oak, will deepen in color over the years so that it will be more obvious); a firefighter puts out the fire, while below that someone lights the Shabbat candles (a very different kind of flame); a gardener plants grape vines and receives an offer of another plant.

Elana can be reached via http://www.branchingoutwoodworks.com/

The piece is located directly across from the Rabbi’s office.