Ki Yachol Nuchal!

New olah; mom and wife. In small ways, every day, trying to rectify the error in judgement of my zaydies, the meraglim. "See these big grapes? We can make really big wine!"

Posted by rutimizrachi on 29/03/2009

Yom rishon, 4 Nisan 5769.

Haveil Havalim, Issue #210, is available at Jack’s place.  Jack calls it the Locke, Hurley and Starbuck edition.  This means nothing to me.  However, the video clip from Night at the Opera is worth the whole issue.                                             


Remember that great story about the yid in the shtetl who complains to his rabbi that the house is too small and crowded?  “Bring in the cow,” advises the rabbi.  The man brings in the cow; and the house feels even more crowded.  He returns to the rabbi, who says, “Bring in the chickens.”  So the yid brings in the chickens, and the house feels even more crowded.  So he returns to the rabbi, who tells him to “bring in the goat and the watchdog and the rooster.”  The yid brings in all of these creatures; and needless to say, the house feels unbearably crowded and small.  This time when he returns to the rabbi, the rabbi tells him to shoo all of the animals out of the house.  “Ahhhhh!,” says the yid to his now-happy wife, “our rabbi is the wisest of men!  See how he helped us to increase the size of our home?  And the peace!”

The Dearly Beloved and I fell off the chair (only one chair — the apartment’s too small) laughing at the Marx Brothers’ overcrowding shtick.  (Warning: hilchot negiah alert.  Hysterical, nonetheless.)

I hope you’ll read through the various bloggers in the whole issue…  but at least give yourself a good, hearty laugh.

Happy Pesach cleaning!  Of course, consult with your own posek; but this article at Torat HaRav Aviner makes it a more pleasant process for me:  “How to do your Pesach Cleaning Cheerfully in Less than One Day.”

Yid:  Jew
Shtetl:  small European Jewish village
Hilchot negiah:  the laws detailing boundaries for physical contact between the sexes
Posek:  Advisor regarding Jewish law

3 Responses to “”

  1. Melissa said


    I just found your blog via RivkA’s blog.

    It looks lovely and I must say what grabbed my attention is that my maiden name is Mizrahi.



  2. Jack said

    I love The Marx Brothers. They were so very talented.

  3. rutimizrachi said

    Melissa: Funny — I found you via a comment you made at Jack’s blog. 🙂 May you continue to find your answers. Someday I’ll share with you a cute story about Mizrachi.

    Jack: I keep wanting to rise above my affection for them; but it is unlikely to happen, as long as they keep giving me the gift of laughter.

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