Parasha Insights


 A Jewish grandmother gets on the crowded bus and discovers that she doesn't have correct change for the fare. The driver tries to be firm with her, but she places her hand delicately over her chest and murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me." He caves in and lets her ride for free.

She tries to push her way down the crowded aisle but people won't move over for her. 
She finally murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me." The crowd parts like the Red Sea and lets her down the aisle.
She gets to the back of the bus where there are no seats, once again she murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me."
Several people jump up and insist that she sit down and… Read More »



This email is dedicated to our daughter Tzivi on her marriage this past week to her soul mate Shneior Zalman Baumgerten. Join us as we celebrate their sheva brachot this first Shabbat as a couple.

Mr. Jones bought a new fridge for his house.

To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front garden and hung a sign on it saying: ‘Free to use; in good condition. You want it, you take it.’

For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it.

He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked too good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: ‘Fridge for sale $400.’

The next day someone stole it.

It is, by all means, a fascinating story—told in this… Read More »


A man stopped at a rural gas station. He stood by his car and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole—three feet deep—and then move on. The other man came along behind and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was about 25 feet behind filling in the old. The men worked right past the fellow and went on down the road.

"Hold it, hold it," he said to the men. "Can you tell me what's going on here with this digging?" "Well, we work for the county government," one of the men said.

"But one of you is digging a hole and the other is filling it up. You're not accomplishing anything. Aren't you wasting the county's money?"

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A Tale of Two Loves

A Jewish woman goes to see her Rabbi and asks, "Jack and Aib are both in love with me, who will be the lucky one?" The wise old Rabbi answers, "Jack will marry you. Aib will be the lucky one."

Jewish proverb: "A Jewish wife will forgive, but she'll never forget what she forgave."

This Tuesday evening June 3rd we begin to celebrate the Holiday of Shavuot for two days, King David—whose yartzeit is on Shavuot—remains one of the most fascinating, and majestic figures in Jewish history. The combination of wisdom, humility, honesty and spirituality coupled with courage, power, passion, and leadership, conferred upon him the status of the ultimate Jewish king and leader.

Two of the most powerful… Read More »

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