In the fall of 1999, as I was still enraptured by internet jokes, I sent some concerning Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to some friends. Then, when the annual Torah reading cycle started up again with Genesis, I sent them jokes about Creation. The portion concerning Noah was the following week, and it was easy to find pertinent jokes for that as well. I wondered if I’d be able to find jokes pertinent to all the Torah portions (weekly and holiday), so I started doing that. Then I realized I needed to include some comments so readers would know why I was including, say, jokes about circumcision or matchmaking, so I added a little commentary. Usually, that’s just a somewhat irreverent summary of the portion. Sometimes I include personal comments and stories as well.
I hope you get as much out of reading TPH as I do writing it.