August 4, 2008

Hakaros Hatov

Filed under: Puns & Jokes — Reb Moshe @ 4:21 am

I want to give Hakaros Hatov, thanks giving to Hashem for a few things that I once didn’t understand.

1. For being short in high school so I couldn’t make the final cut on the basketball team. It was down to me and another second guard who was 5inches taller
2. For pushing me to take a typing class with a mean teacher who used to hit our fingers with a ruler if we didn’t type fast enough. Today I am a fast typer because of this but ouch that hurt.
3. For living in Israel for 6 years now
4. To have written my own tefillin that I wear. Many soferim never actually have time to make themselves a pair.
5. For my wonderful kiddies & their uniqueness
6. Well for those things I mention every morning in prayer
7. For going to the gym and pool and not having athletes foot
8. Fluorescent lighting in my study instead of those bulb thingies
9. My electric tooth brush. I love it.
10. For chocolate, even though I am dieting and watching my yetzer for food (still must recognize this amazing gift from Hashem)


  1. oh yeah, and the wife, woops

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 4, 2008 @ 4:22 am

  2. Interestingly enough, the Lubavitcher Rebbe used to eat chocolate. I didn’t know you were a Chabad Chassid? 🙂

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — August 5, 2008 @ 12:30 am

  3. Oh I did a Ginsburg gematria on this once and calculated how eating chocolate was in kedusha. Not sure where i put it.
    You know Rabbi Yonason, it is quite temping to be chabad just for the old nigunim alone. Then after a few chapters of Tanya, even more drawing. If I would have known it was mutar to eat chocolate, I would have overlooked the lack of succah decorations & became chabad a long time ago! Most of my succah decorations fall down anyway! Lets fambregen!
    But wait, the Kotzker asks!
    Are you sure chocolate is the best thing for you to eat right now?
    The rich guy asks!
    Are you sure you are really looking for the taste of chocolate or something much more sweeter?
    Rav Sheinberg asks!
    Who told you to eat chocolate now?
    Rebbe Nachman says!
    Just eat it without swallowing it!
    The Rambam says!
    It isn’t healthy to eat like that
    Rebbe Nachman responds
    If your going to eat it, chew it slowly.
    Rav Aharon Rott says
    Did you ask Hashem for this chocolate?
    Rabbi Yosef Karo says
    Make sure to eat it sitting down
    Reb Shlomo says
    Oh you know how deep it is, mamish chocolate…
    Uy nebach, if you only knew
    Reb Moshe says
    Oh wait, he is too busy kevetching to respond
    Rochel says
    Don’t eat it fast. I am not buying it again for you
    The Lubavitch Rebbe says,
    Don’t underestimate this litle piece of chocolate
    Bais Shamai says
    Don’t eat it
    Hillel reponds
    Eat it
    I conclude, Mamish something that makes one think so hard whether it is good to eat or not must surely be kept away for Shabbos.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 5, 2008 @ 12:49 am

  4. The Baal Shem says
    If your going to eat chocolate, you have to spread it around to all the people.
    The Magid says
    Did you imerse in the mikvah before you eat it
    Baba Sali says
    Make sure the chocoate is totally pure
    Rav Cordevero says
    Black chocolate is gevurah, white Chesed. It depends where you want to draw light from
    Rabbi Gikalia says
    Do you know the root of chocolate?
    The Stipler
    Your talking so much about the chocolate, it is melting
    Choni Hamagel
    I am not leaving here until we finish all the chocolate
    Raziner says
    Make it is swiss chocolate
    Arizal says
    Don’t forget to give a tikkun to the soul in the chocolate
    My mother says
    Put the wrapper in the garbage
    My trainer would say
    Way to much fat in that chocate, eat fat free chocolate
    Rav kook would say
    Make sure it is chocolate from israel
    Moshe Rabbenu would say
    Hashem told you too eat this chocolate
    Rav Yisrael Salanter
    Make sure it is cholev yisrael
    Rav Levi Yitzchok
    Would just touch the chocolate and start dancing
    Rav Klonomous Kalman
    You have to give the chocolate to the children
    Biala Rebbe
    Are you sure your hands are clean enough to eat it
    Rav Noson
    The Rebbe didn’t say we could eat it but made reference too it in lesson 30
    Obama would say
    Yes eat it, oh wait… no no
    Mecain would say
    I am a veterin at eating chocolate. Nobody knows chocolate better then me
    woops. Now I have runed it for you. Before just by reading or saying the Tzaddikims names, we were drawing from kedusha, holiness!

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 5, 2008 @ 1:41 am

  5. Aside from family, and visiting the Ohel, this was a highlight of my day. Thank you, it’s not easy to get me to laugh these days. I guess it’s healthy to intersperse, or replace, tears with laughter. The Baal HaTanya relates this interplay as the difference between “She [Chanah] was bitter of spirit, [and she prayed to G-d]” and “One should embark on worship only with joy.” I cry for another Jew in physical and/or spiritual pain, then laughter comes at the knowledge that our prayers have been answered. After all, we are told to serve Hashem with joy. So somehow, we have to turn those tears and transform them to laughter.

    As for your Chassidhood, one needs to stick with what is appropriate for that particular soul root. But we farbreng nearly every day don’t we?

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — August 5, 2008 @ 4:35 am

  6. i especially liked the Choni haMe’agel and Reb Levi Yitchok 🙂

    i would add to that:

    The Komarna Rebbe (Notzer Hesed) would say to taste the sweetness of the chocolate.

    The Noam Elimelech would say that the tzaddik creates chocolate through his prayers.

    The Maor Eynayim would say to love HaShem through the chocolate.

    Rebbe Nachman would say to find the pieces of cookie in the cookies-n-cream chocolate.

    i guess mine weren’t as funny..
    to share a side thought that perhaps you could appreciate, two weeks ago i ate some M&Ms and wondered whether i could be meyached kudsha b’rich hu u’shechinteh by uniting the outer coating with the chocolate within. .. but i wasn’t sure if the multi-colored shell was more in line with klipat nogah, in which case i was liberating the chocolate’s essence from the klippoth.

    Comment by yitz.. — August 13, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

  7. According to the last part, sounds like eating is a true avodah for you. Eat away!

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 13, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

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