Have you heard the latest joke going around the U.S.?
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were together on a boat. The boat started to sink. Who was saved? …... AMERICA!!!!
It is interesting that the Democratic National Convention and the campaign for a new leader to replace President Obama coincides with the weekly Torah portion of Pinchas in which Moses asks G-d to appoint a successor to lead the Jewish people after his death. As we will read this Shabbos in the synagogue:
“Moses spoke to G-d, saying. ‘May the L-ord, G-d of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the assembly, who shall go out before them and come in before them,...
One nice summer day, a man was walking through the park when he noticed something very strange. A man was holding his hand up to his head as if it were some kind of telephone receiver, and was listening through his thumb and responding through his pinky. He stopped the man and asked him, “What exactly are you doing?” The man replied, “Don’t you keep up with technology? The latest thing is a tiny computer chip that they implant in both your thumb and your pinky, turning your hand into a virtual smartphone!” The man walked a little further in the park and came across another bizarre scene.
Someone was strolling leisurely with his hands behind his back, all the...
OF PIGEONS AND PRIESTS: REDEMPTION OF THE FIRSTBORN
Most lifecycle events in traditional Judaism are well known by the majority of Jews. After all, who hasn't been present at, or at least heard of, a Bris (circumcision), a Bar/Bas Mitzvah, or a Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy), etc.
But I am willing to bet that there are a great many Jews out there who have never been present at, nor have even heard of, one of the more interesting and somewhat strange lifecycle events in the life of a Jewish boy - the Redemption of the Firstborn - known in Hebrew as the Pidyon Haben. (I myself have thus far only attended three of these ceremonies!)
Our family just came home from a four-day, fun-filled Recreational Vehicle (RV) trip to beautiful southwestern Ontario.
The RV we rented was a beauty. It was equipped with roomy living space due to slide-out extended floors on both sides, and it had many of the amenities and furniture found in a typical home. There were three TV’s, a leather couch, a full kitchen with stovetop, microwave and fridge/freezer, a dining table, a full bathroom with shower, and enough beds for our entire family.
An RV is sometimes called a “motorhome” because that’s what it truly is, a “home” that “moves”, i.e. a motor vehicle in which your furniture comes along with you as y...