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The Alchemy of Humor

Monica Berg
March 28, 2022
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When Michael Aronin, a well-loved comedian who was born with cerebral palsy, takes the stage, everyone can see and hear his physical disability. They also see that it has not stopped him. He's up there in full view, doing what he loves most: making others laugh. He often starts his show by addressing his disability right away with something like this: "I know what you’re thinking. You see the way I walk, and you hear the way I talk, and I know you’re wondering what it’s like to be... Jewish." And voilà! His audience is captivated. Through his vulnerability, his self-effacing humor, and his honesty, Aronin has created instant intimacy. And this is just a glimpse of the immense power humor can wield.

From a Kabbalistic perspective, laughter and humor are natural channels for spiritual energy. Since they are intertwined with joy and happiness, they connect us directly to the Creator. The kabbalists have long taught that blessings cannot rest in a place of darkness, and nothing “lights up a room” as quickly or easily as laughter! Moreover, humor momentarily frees us from our worries.

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