Rabbi Confession

Quid Pro Quo

    Someone who lives in New York celebrated his birthday this week. Now it so happens that one of my best friend's kid is part of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" and I arranged for tickets to see the show. All the celebrant needed to do was call the actor and make arrangements. I thought it was a done deal but the birthday celebrant felt uneasy about asking favors and didn't want to call.

    Are you kidding?! The rarest tickets in the world and you don't want to call?!? Are you like that? Do you hate asking favors? Receiving gifts? I thought this was absurd ... but then I realized this is actually an admirably humble trait. In this political season, favors and I.O.U.s are rampant. Everyone's scratching each other's backs. The favors escalate and you know one day is payback day and the rest of the world ... will DIE!!!! (how's that for drama?).

    I think it's an Asian thing. In the Philippines, when someone asks you to share their meal, etiquette demands that you politely refuse even if you're really starving. Both giver and taker know the rules: The giver needs to invite the other person even if there's not enough for both of them. If the taker refuses, then at least they both save face and the exchange ends right there. But if the giver really really wants to share with the taker, the giver needs to ask 3 times and that's code to the taker that this offering is real.

   Don't you wish politicians were as complicated and humble as this?   TGIF people!

Wisdom from Rey of Simi Valley, CAWords of Wisdom

Unless you hear it from the horse's mouth, don't listen to a jackass!

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When you're always there for people, they stop appreciating you because your favors are now an expectation.

The Confessional
Contributed by Mike of New York

A priest was called away on an emergency. Not wanting to leave the confessional booth unattended, he called his rabbi friend from across the street and asked him to cover for him.

The rabbi told him he wouldn't know what to say, but the priest told him to come on over and he'd stay with him for a little bit and show him what to do.

The rabbi came over and he and the priest sat in the confessional booth together.

In a few minutes a man came in and said, "Father, forgive me for I have sinned."

The priest asked, "What did you do?".

The woman said, "I committed adultery."

Priest: "How many times?"

Woman: "Three times."

Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

A few minutes later a woman entered the confessional.

He said, "Father, forgive me for I have sinned."

Priest: "What did you do?"

Man: "I committed adultery."

Priest: "How many times?"

Man: "Three times."

Priest: "Say two Hail Mary's, put $5 in the box and go and sin no more."

The rabbi told the priest that he thought that he got it, so the priest left.

A few minutes later, another woman entered the confessional booth and said, "Father, forgive me for I have sinned."

Rabbi: "What did you do?"

Woman: "I committed adultery"

Rabbi: "How many times?"

Woman: "Once."

Rabbi: "Go do it two more times.
We have a special this week --- three for $5!!!"

Beautiful English
Contributed by Shag of New York who got it from her Dad

I called an old school friend and asked what he was doing. He replied that he was working on "Aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminium and steel under a constrained environment."

I was impressed.

On further inquiring I learned that he was washing dishes with hot water ... under his wife's supervision.

Videos of the week:

Happy Chewbacca Mask
Peter Paul of S Pasadena, CA

Happy Chewbacca

I bet the most popular masks for Halloween this year are the Hillary and Trump masks. But lest ye forget, there's also the Chewbacca Mask. I checked and those things are just under $25. Not exactly cheap. Remember that famous Chewbacca Mom? Here's a remix of that famous video set in music.

Mac King: Amazing Rope Trick
Tom of Pasadena, CA

Magic Rope Trick

Can you figure out how he did this? I sure can't.

Zany Interview with Jim Carrey
Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA

Jim Carrey Inside Actors Studio

Jim Carrey. You either love him or hate him. I think he's an amazing actor, comedian, writer, impersonator -- a true artist who went to the depths and the heights of who he is and shared it with the world. Outrageous, edgy, courageous, inspiring, sacriligious, unbelievable, controversial--- those are good descriptions, In this video he's being psychoanalyzed in front of the audience. I don't agree with many of his philosophies but I can appreciate his craft. There's a lot of depth in this man. My friend Amy is a standup comedian and I know she'll get a kick out of this.

Remembering Thailand's King ... the Jazz Man
Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Boy Catches FIsh with toy ROd

Thailand just lost their beloved king. But did you know he was a jazz musician who wrote and played sax with Benny Goodman....the jazz greats, etc.
Warning: Kinda long.

Victor Wooten Grad Speech

Bass Player Grad Speech

Have you ever heard of an inspirational commencement speech by a bass player before? Neither have I. I didn't even think it was possible. It's kinda long but if you consider that he's giving this message while multi-tasking with a guitar, it's almost mind blowing. His last tune shows who he gives credit to. TGIF people! Be good!

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