Archive | Cohen_Joel_H.

More bar than mitzvah?

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — The trio celebrated in so many jokes — a priest, minister and rabbi — were discussing a mutual problem: how to rid their respective houses of worship of a stubborn family of squirrels who’d taken residence there. The priest and minister had valid ideas, but the topper came […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

Shadchan weddings: ‘Have I got someone for you!’

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Ever since our patriarch Abraham dispatched a servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, arranged marriages have been a staple of Jewish life. (Isaac’s son Jacob did it on his own, and got two wives for just the price of 14 years of labor). From Biblical […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: Trump conducts a presidential round table with synagogue leaders

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump, often criticized for failing to act “presidential,” has reluctantly taken the advice of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner and convened a telephone conference of five shul presidents for their suggestions. The presidents, four men and a woman, are from various parts of the nation […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side, USA

‘Just Kidding:’ If Ruth’s Moabite family wrote to her

By Joel H. Cohen (A Shavuot highlight is the reading of the Book of Ruth, a remarkable widow who, rather than return to her native Moab and her own family, chose to stay with her mother-in-law and accompany her on her spiritual and physical journey, adopting her people and religion. How Ruth’s family reacted to that […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Jewish Religion, Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: Trump drops Decalogue Day

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Invoking his “great love” for his family, the Jewish people and Israel –“I can say the word now”  – President Trump planned to sign an executive order establishing a national Ten Commandments Day in honor of Shavuot. He wants to make the holiday “great again,” he said. But […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just kidding:’ Talmudic doctrine could help Trump properties

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK –Jared Kushner recently bounded happily into the Oval Office to share a plan he’d developed that he believed would protect Trump holdings from competition. He cited a controversy in Brooklyn, New York, involving two kosher pizza restaurants. The owner of the older, established restaurant contended that by moving across […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just kidding:’ Israeli to head FBI?

  By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump is considering naming an Israeli to head the FBI, according to unidentified sources. The prospective nominee – nicknamed “Falafel” by Trump, presumably to preserve his anonymity – is reportedly a former member of Mossad, Israel’s secret intelligence service. While not confirming or denying the report, […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: A Jewish fundraiser for the Wall

  By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK –Apparently frustrated with the inaction of what he called “pathetic, so-called Congress” on the wall he wants built between the United States and Mexico, President Trump has hired a Jewish fund-raising firm to conduct the drive for contributions to pay for it. Press secretary Sean Spicer said at […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: Court rules chametz must be returned

  For background on this fanciful case, please see http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/04/19/just-kidding-he-wont-return-my-chametz/ By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — In sharply contested decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled in the celebrated Moe v Donald case (“he won’t return my chametz”) and several related matters, dating back to Pesach a year ago. By a 5-4 vote, the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: He won’t return my chametz

By Joel H. Cohen   NEW YORK — A complicated legal matter dating back to Pesach a year ago, and stemming from a non-Jewish man’s refusal to return a Jewish man’s chametz he bought through a rabbi, is making its way through various appeal courts.  it could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, legal experts say. Known in […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

Haggadahs of happy memory

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — The approach of Pesach inevitably evokes a bundle of memories, as many related to haggadahs as to matzah-ball soup For instance, one year a long time ago, we were expecting a big crowd for the first seder that night. That morning (hate to leave things for the last […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Jewish Religion, Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding:’ Trump to unveil new seder

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump is planning an “updated” seder, whose ancient writings will be modernized, and in which journalists and present and former staff members will play key roles Among those slated to ask the Four Questions are correspondents from Fox News, Breitbart,  Tass, and syndicated radio host Sean Hannity. When […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Just Kidding’: Like Samson, Trump cancels haircuts

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump, channeling Samson, has concluded that his own hair — “along with my inborn smarts and great deal-making ability” — is a main source of his strength. And, remembering that the Biblical champion lost his physical power when Delilah conspired to have his hair shaved off, the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Lighter Side

‘Who’ are you wearing at the Purim party?

  By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — There may be more pressing reasons for concern out there, but right now we’re grappling with what to wear Purim night. If you think of the Megillah-reading as the Academy Awards, then you can logically regard the stairs or the pathway leading to the shul as the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Cohen_Joel_H., Jewish Religion, Lighter Side

Please help us defray the costs of providing this free service with your non-tax-deductible contribution in any amount

Most recent 100 posts

Follow

Follow this blog

Email address