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Parasha Insights

Parasha Insights

WHERE IS JERUSALEM?

Comedian Jay Leno performed some stand-up before a crowd in Israel this past May. Here were some of his top hits: 

“President Obama has declared the month of May Jewish American Heritage Month. He is calling it an opportunity to renew our ‘unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel.’ And he knows it’s unbreakable because he’s been trying to break it for the last five years.”

“I’ve been doing my research. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in Israel the most… Read More »

WHY IS WINE UNIQUE IN THE JEWISH TRADITION?

There's this little guy sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down.

The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says: "Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. I just can't see a man crying." "No, it's not that. Today is the worst day of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss, outrageous, fired me. When I… Read More »

Am I my brother’s keeper?

A self-centered man whose life was less than exemplary dies. He goes up to heaven and finds himself in a gorgeous place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had dreamed of. He is surprised that he merited heavenly reward. Seeing a richly stocked bar, he wants to pour himself a drink. A servant appears at his side. "What is your wish?" he asks. The man tells him his favorite drink, which is promptly served. He is about to reach for a book when again a servant appears and hands him the volume. When he wants to help himself from the table… Read More »

TO BE FREE, WE NEED TO LET GO!

Several years ago, a prominent Egyptian law professor, Nabil Hilmi, Dean at the University of Al-Zaqaziq, mounted a massive lawsuit against “all Jews around the world” for the theft of one trillion tons of Egyptian gold during the Exodus. The Professor said, “This was the greatest act of collective theft in history.” He wants the gold back, plus interest for the last 3,300 years, though he graciously offered to spread the repayment term over the next 1,000 years — with interest, of course. Nabil is correct. We did plunder… Read More »

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