Sometimes it’s just a Jewish thing.
My wife says I see things differently from others. I think that’s true. I don’t know why.
But certain things make me laugh to myself, particularly when I see Jewishly into a word, phrase or product.
Sometimes, I am my best audience. Possibly no one else sees these things as amusing. But at least I have a good time for myself. And it’s harmless and all in good fun.
The other day in a mediation, I was thinking about the concept of Res Judicata. It’s a legal concept meaning “the thing has been decided” and refers to not litigating the same issue between the same disputants more than once.
As I was ruminating, I thought of it as Res Judaica, meaning, I guess, “the thing is Jewish” or “it’s a Jewish thing.”
Of course, in our Jewish tradition, sometimes “the thing is never decided.” And that’s what made me laugh to myself.
We just like a good debate, I guess.
Then there was the product on TV called Aveeno. It’s for skin care.
But again, I made myself laugh because I referred to is as “Aveeno Malkeinu” which is close to the name of an important prayer recited during our High Holy Days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.
So I guess we can repent and have good skin too.
But my favorite, “Jewish thing” has to do with a fine Catholic high school down the street from us which we always pass going home.
The school has a billboard visible from the street with its school spirit motto on it: “Go Knights.”
But I see it as “Go Knishes” and I giggle every time I think of a parochial school with a football team named after a Jewish stuffed pastry.
What can I say? It’s a Jewish thing.
Try it. Enjoy it. It’s harmless. And you might laugh at/with/to yourself too.