Nearly all the great comedians are Jewish. We have had to learn to laugh at our misfortune over the last 2500 years since we had no county and were entirely at the hands of the more powerful people. The Torah has keep us alive, jokes have kept us sane.
A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.
Here is a story about old rich man who was asked by a young man how he made his money?
Morris, the old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, “Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. So I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated the sum of $1.60…..
Then my wife’s uncle Bernie died and left us two million dollars.”
In today’s Jerusalem Post there is story on page 3 that says Olmert, Abbas to talk about Trump peace plan in New York. In response I penned the following letter to the Jerusalem Post.
Abbas has said no 1000 times to peace. Your giving press space to Ehud Olmert who would sell his country out in a second to continue to be in the limelight is disgusting. They are both enemies of the country and should be marked as such. Their new Joint press conference shows them to be “birds of a feather flock together”
Rabbi Yehuda Lave
Tu BiShvat ( ט״ו בשבט) is a Jewish Holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew Month of Shevat (in 2020, Tu BiShvat begins at sunset on February 10 and ends in the evening of February 11). It is also called “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” ( ראש השנה לאילנות), literally “New Year of the Trees.” In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
The name Tu BiShvat is derived from the Hebrew date of the holiday, which occurs on the fifteenth day of Shevat. “Tu” stands for the Hebrew Letters Tet and VuV which together have the numeral value of 9 and 6, adding up to 15.
Tu BiShvat appears in the Talmud in Tractate Rosh HaShanah as one of the four new years in the Jewish calendar.
The first of Nisan is the “new year for kings and festivals”.
The first of Elul is the “new year for the tithe of cattle”
The first of Tishrei is the “new year for years” (calculation of the calendar),
The first of Shevat is the “new year for trees” according to the
In the Middle Ages, Tu BiShvat was celebrated with a feast of fruits in keeping with the Mishnaic description of the holiday as a “New Year.” In the 16th century, the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples instituted a Tu BiShvat seder in which the fruits and trees of the Land of Israel (the seven Species) were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection.
In modern times, Tu Bishvat has become a symbol of both Zionist attachments to the land of Israel as well as an example of Jewish sensitivity to the environment.
Early Zionist settlers to Israel began planting new trees not only to restore the ecology of ancient Israel but as a symbol of the renewed growth of the Jewish people returning to their ancestral homeland. American and European Jews observe Tu Bishvat by contributing money to the Jewish National Fund, an organization devoted to reforesting Israel.
For environmentalists, Tu Bishvat is an ancient and authentic Jewish “Earth Day” that educates Jews about the Jewish tradition’s advocacy of responsible stewardship of God’s creation as manifested in ecological activism. Among them, contemporary versions of the Tu Bishvat seder, emphasizing environmentalist concerns, are gaining popularity.