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The world is getting better

You know, Rebbe Nachman says that the world always thinks there are nations. But the whole thing is an illusion. There are no nations; there are only people. And where do you start making peace? You can’t make peace between nations. You can only make peace between people. So let it start right here, with us, my friends.

I have to share something with you an unbelievable, true story. I don’t know how it will turn you on – it turned me on. Exactly two weeks ago I had the great privilege, to perform in Hanover, Germany, for ten thousand young people. Can you imagine? The Protestant Church had a big convention, and for the first time in their history, I, a ‘Jewboy,’ was invited to sing. And so I performed for ten thousand. Now, listen to this!

There was a huge stage set up in the middle of the city, and before I was to begin, the Bishop spoke. I don’t want to say anything bad, but there were thousands of people, and nobody paid any attention; everybody was drinking beer. I thought to myself, “I’m supposed to appear next, oy gevalt!” I thought, “I’m quitting, I’m just going to disappear.”

And, really, let’s face it, what can I tell them [what are the right words that I could possibly tell them]? But I knew one thing, you’re not permitted to quit, ever. So I got on the stage. And there were thousands of kids sitting and drinking beer; and it didn’t look like they really cared too much about anything. Anyway, I yelled from the depths of my heart, and said, “My most precious brothers and sisters, I’m bringing you a message of love and peace from the Holy City of Jerusalem!” And I don’t know what happened, it was a miracle from G-d: Thousands of kids got up and streamed to the stage. And we started singing and dancing. It was just unbelievable! And I said, “You know something? Fifty years ago, our forefathers did not dance together, but we do! What a world! There is one G-d! The world is getting better!”*



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Joke of the day

Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”