A famous insider Jewish joke goes like this: (1)
In shul, Cohen saunters over to Finkelstein and in a hushed tone asked, "Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, (It's not really Shabbat-like speech, but ..) do you know anybody who has a car for sale? My old clunker just died on Thursday."
Finkelstein was surprised. "You know," he admitted, "Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, I am thinking of selling my old Chevy!"
"Really? responded Cohen in delight, " Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, how does it run?"
Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, it runs great! It has only 43,000 miles and I just put in a new transmission!
Suddenly, they heard a klop on the bimah. They turned to see the icy stares of the gabbai. They nuzzled their noses into the chumashim as the Ba'al Koreh continued to read from the Torah.
Cohen realized that he forgot to ask a most pertinent question. "Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, how much do you want for it?"
Finkelstein responded, "Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, $4,200. Cash."
Cohen was quiet. "I'll think about it."
Cohen was the first one in shul for Mincha that afternoon. The moment Finkelstein walked in Cohen ran over to him.
"Nit oif Shabbos g'redt, you know the car you told me about this morning, It's a deal! I'll take it.
Yankel, shrugged. "Too late. Nit oif Shabbos g'redt I sold it during musaf!"
a. Yosef harnesses [vaye'sor] his chariot to bring his father down to Egypt [Bereishis, 46:29]
b. Paroh harnesses [vaye'esor] his chariot to chase Bnei Yisrael into the sea [Shemos, 14:6]
c. Avraham saddles [vayachavosh] his donkey to bring Yitzchak to the Akeidah (binding) [Bereishis, 22:3]
d. Bilaam saddles [vayachavosh] his she-donkey to go to curse Bnei Yisrael [Bamidbar, 22:21]
Love upsets the natural order: And Avraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey: surely he had plenty of slaves? But the reason was that love upset the natural order. Hate upsets the natural order: And Bilam rose up in the morning, and saddled his donkey surely he had plenty of slaves? Hate, however, upsets the natural order.
.. And Joseph made ready his chariot, etc yet surely Joseph had plenty of slaves? But love upsets the natural order. And he [Paroh] made ready his chariot (Ex. XIV, 6)1: yet surely he had plenty of slaves? Thus hate upsets the natural order.
How honored is the King of Israel ... who was exposed today as one of the boors
In the presence of Hashem who chose me over your father .. as a ruler over Israel .. before Hashem shall I rejoice.
R. Simeon b. Yohai said: Let saddling counteract saddling. Let the saddling done by our father Avraham in order to go and fulfill the will of Him at whose word the world came into existence counteract the saddling done by Bilaam in order to go and curse Israel. Let harnessing counteract harnessing. Let Joseph's harnessing [of his chariot] to meet his father, counteract Pharaoh's harnessing to go and pursue Israel.
The human soul relishes sensation, not only if it is a pleasant feeling but for the very experience of stimulation. Sooner sadness or some deep pain rather than the boredom of non-stimulation. People will watch distressing scenes and listen to heartrending stories just to get stimulation. Such is human nature and a need of the soul, just like all its other needs and natures; so he who is clever will fulfill this need with passionate prayer and Torah learning. But the soul whose divine service is without emotion will have to find its stimulation elsewhere: It will either be driven to cheap, even forbidden, sensation or will become emotionally ill from lack of stimulation.