Beans, beans, good for the heart. The more you eat, the more you....laugh! This joke was the litmus test for my sense of humor growing up. My father told me that as soon as I thought this was funnier than the version that I was used to as a young boy (and be honest, the version that many of you immediately thought of!), then I had developed a good sense of humor. Why was that so important? Why must one recognize what is laugh-worthy?
Rabbi Ezra Balser has been the rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom since July 1, 2016. He received his “smicha” (ordination) in June 2017 from Hebrew College while also earning a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies. He has also received the iCenter's Certification in Israel Education.