Sometimes it takes a really good book to push you to do something you know you should be doing, but just might be procrastinating. Such as learning hashkafah. You know it’s important. You know that every Jewish person needs to constantly replenish his Torah knowledge in order to remain fresh and vibrant in his service of Hashem. And you know that there’s no better time to start doing this than Elul.
But, of course, this is all easier said than done. Because, after all, if a hashkafah book is written in a boring way, we know that there is no way you’re going to get through it. (We work in the book publishing industry, remember? We know these things.)
That is where the beauty of A Time to Laugh, A Time to Listen—Volume 2 comes into the equation. Now here’s a hashkafah book that will actually keep you reading… and reading… and reading! The secret? Simple. It is the furthest thing in the world from a boring book!
The book focuses on different areas of Jewish life, such as Torah study, shalom bayis, and the Yamim Tovim, to name just a few topics. Each chapter begins with a great joke whose punch-line then seamlessly weaves into the hashkafah lesson at hand. The result? A hashkafah book that is inspirational and uplifting as it is attention-grabbing and enjoyable to read!
Don’t believe us? Check out the success enjoyed by A Time to Laugh, A Time to Listen—Volume 1, and see for yourself. Or better yet, buy the newest book of it, A Time to Laugh, A Time to Listen—Volume 2, and you’ll surely be hooked!
Here’s one for the Yamim Noraim:
The three cadets were to be interviewed at the Police Academy in Brooklyn, chosen among New York’s finest as potential candidates for the coveted Detective and Investigative Unit.
“Men,” said the Lieutenant, “we’re going to go through a little exercise to test your acumen and insightfulness for detective work. I’m going to show you a picture of a criminal for precisely twenty seconds, and I want you to tell me, simply by glancing at the picture, what type of crook we’re looking for. Jones, take a look. What do you think?”
“Sir! I think this guy has only one ear.”
“No, no, Jones! This is a profile. It only shows one side. What do you say, Burns?”
“Sir! This perpetrator only has one eye.”
“No, Burns. Don’t you understand? This is only a profile. Forget about it!”
About to give up, the Lieutenant showed the picture to the third cadet. “What do you say, Jackson?”
Without looking for more than five seconds, Jackson blurted out with confidence, “Boss! This outlaw wears contact lenses!”
“That’s right, Jackson! You’re incredible! How did you know that?”
“It’s simple, Chief! With one ear and one eye, how in the world is the guy gonna wear glasses?”
How does this joke connect to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur??? Ah, purchase the book here and find out for yourself!