Loving Da Laws! Mishpatim 2014

Check out writer/comedian Aaron Freeman’s short video on “GratiJews!” Have a great weekend, friends!


This week the GratiJews wax thankful for the myriad laws that make our lives smooth and predictable. I swim without fear of guinea worms or piranha or the strange South American fish that swims up a manโ€™s penis and can only be removed by a procedure too horrible to conceive. We love traffic laws and, though itโ€™s not mentioned in the video, we adore the law of gravity, even though gravity itself remains just a theory. We hope you have had a tremendous week and that this is the best Shabbat of your life!

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7 responses to “Loving Da Laws! Mishpatim 2014

  1. Funny video. Thanks for the happy, Deb. Regarding those 613 laws God gave to Moses, not one of them commands people to believe in God. Most of them are laws about family relations, business, and worship rituals. In short, they were designed to help people get along better in this world, not get to the next. This is a sentiment most atheists can get behind.

  2. I must confess I’m a little confused by this post… Usually you give a nice introduction to your guest bloggers, but not this time. What in particular spoke to you in this video that made you decide to repost it? I find him to be a happy, grateful man seemingly up to date on Jewish and perhaps gym laws, but beyond that I don’t find it particularly interesting, controversial, or even in-your-face religious.

    • Hi Jennifer, My apologies for the confusion. I was trying out the “reblogging” feature in WordPress. I don’t think I like it either! I prefer the traditional introduction.

      I’m not anti-theist or anti-religion. I just want better boundaries between religion and science, education and politics. People with all different views have posted here. I found Aaron’s videos clever and thought those readers who are Jewish or who are experts in Jewish culture (like Patricia O’Sullivan) might appreciate this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m with you. Rabbinic tradition interprets, “I am YHWH your god who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.” as a commandment to believe in Her. If it were Me however I’d brag about having created the event horizons of black holes! THOSE are impressive! Then again, this is a god who as far as we can tell didn’t comprehend the wheel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Deb, there is a lot of debate about how much, if any, of Islam was influenced by Judaism. No scholars deny that a Jewish community existed in Medina under the protection of the prophet or that the community was later expelled. Despite this early conflict, Jews and Muslims actually got along quite well until the 20th century. The modern conflict makes it difficult for scholars to study, compare, and collaborate the Jewish/Muslim relationship in the early stages of Islam.

    • @Patricia Your insights and knowledge are always appreciated. I remember reading about the Muslim/Christian relationship in my son’s world history book a few months ago. You know we live in Texas, so I was surprised to read in his textbook that Islam encouraged Muslims to let Christians lives in peace among them.

      I’m not sure, if we eradicated religion throughout the world, that it would be more peaceful. These conflicts seem to be so tied to land, water, oil and other resources….

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