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You're So Funny!

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 08 February 2013

Vanessa rounds off another week by asking - who's the funniest person you know? Plus John McAteer is the latest Jolly Good Fellow and Producer Phil's lamb shank didn't tank in the Lovely Lunch Taste Test!

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Second Hand News

  • Image for Buddy Greco

    Buddy Greco The Lady Is A Tramp

    At His Best, Acrotbat

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees I Started A Joke

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Josephine

    Josephine Portrait

    (CD Single), Ruby Works

  • Image for Stacy Lattisaw

    Stacy Lattisaw Jump To The Beat

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll: 1980 (Va), Connoisseur Collection, 6

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Waterloo

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 019

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Toto

    Toto Africa

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Joss Stone

      Joss Stone Right To Be Wrong

      Joss Stone - Mind Body & Soul, Relentless

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for Big Country

    Big Country In A Big Country

    Without The Aid Of A Safety Net, EMI

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Roll The Woodpile Down

    Broadside, Navigator Records, 003

  • Image for Eddie Fisher

    Eddie Fisher Oh Mein Papa

    Housewives Choice (Various Artists), Music & Memories

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Turn It Around

    (CD Single), Underdogs Management, 1

  • Feltz Friday Phililogical Challenge

    Feltz Friday Phililogical Challenge

    These were the four words Vanessa challenged you to make a sentence out of this week - how did you fare?

  • Pause For Thought with Rabbi Shoshanna Boyd Gelfand

    Pause For Thought with Rabbi Shoshanna Boyd Gelfand

    Growing up in America, my family used to take summer holidays that included long cross-country car rides. My sisters and I would sit in the back of the car, and as the hours wore on, we would inevitably start bickering about something or other. My father would yell into the back seat, "Can't you all just get along back there - you're arguing is driving me crazy!"

    If only my father had known about the Jewish tradition of makhloket, he might have been less annoyed by our back seat squabbles. Makhloket is the Jewish concept of arguing "for the sake of heaven." It's a method that was developed by the rabbis two thousand years ago, as a way to seek out different viewpoints in order to get closer to God. Instead of attacking and destroying your opponent's position, makhloket requires you to recognize it as a sincere attempt to encounter the divine. In fact, the rabbis said that anytime two people engage in this kind of debate, God's Presence comes and rests between them.

    The rabbis were so intent that people use makhloket to respect their opponent's position, that they insisted that minority opinions be recorded and quoted, even when they were ultimately rejected. They recognized that opposition is an essential element of truth-seeking. By recording minority voices, the rabbis were saying that winning the argument is not the ultimate goal. Rather, considering different perspectives and having a multiplicity of voices is a value in and of itself. So the Jewish notion of makhloket goes far beyond the usual definition of co-existence as simply trying to get along; it requires us to actively seek out those whose opinions differ from our own.

    I wish I could claim that the arguments in the back seat of our car were for the sake of heaven. I'm not convinced that my sisters and I had such noble purposes in mind. But I love fantasizing about how parents - or even nation-states - might use the Jewish concept of makhloket to ask us not just to get along, but to use our disagreements to bring God's presence into our midst.


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