Parasha Insights


You know the story of the man who came to the therapist for a very serious problem.

“How can I help you?” asks the therapist.

Yes, says the patient. Please tell me what time is it?

That’s why you came to me? Asks the therapist. Are you nuts? It’s three o'clock!

Patient: Oh, no! G-d help me.

Therapist: What's the matter?

Patient: I've been asking the time all day. And everybody gives me a different answer!...

It is a beautiful law, recorded in this weeks Torah portion Mishpatim:

When you lend money to My people, to the poor man among you, do not press him for repayment. [Also] do not take interest from him.

If you take your neighbor's [night] garment as security [for a loan], you must return it to him… Read More »

Three Models of Marriage

A woman noticed her husband standing on a bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach.

“Ha! That’s not going to help!” She said.

“Sure, it does.” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”

A visitor at the British Museum asks a museum employee: "Can you tell me how old that skeleton is?"

"It is precisely 60 million and three years, two months, and eighteen days old."

"How can you know that with such precision?!"

"Well, when I started working here, one of the scientists told me that the skeleton was 60 million years old - and that was precisely three years, two months, and eighteen days ago..."

In this week’s Torah portion Yitro we… Read More »


Professor Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

When the Torah portion of Beshalach - Shira describes the splitting of the sea, it states:

And the Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

But later, after the miracle has concluded, as the Jewish people sing the “song of the sea,” they state:

For the horses of Pharaoh, with his chariots and horsemen, went into the sea; and G-d turned back on them the waters of the sea, but the Israelites marched on dry ground in the midst of the sea.

There is a subtle but significant change from… Read More »

Parshat Bo

They tell an old story about the poor little porcupines, who realizing the dire cold they were in, decided to group together; but, the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After a while, they decided to go their own way. Soon they began to die, alone, and frozen.

Finally, they had to choose: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companions, but the heat that came from others allowed all to survive.

The opening of this week’s Torah portion Bo reads: "And G-d said to Moses: 'Come to Pharaoh because I have hardened his heart and… Read More »

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