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I eat two bananas for breakfast, washing them down with my third cup of coffee of the day. It’s what I do and it works for me, keeps me satiated until 2 PM, when I grab my lunch. Anyway, a while back I noticed that monkeys peel their bananas from the top, rather than from the stem, and discovered that it slips the fruit out a lot faster and cleaner, even when it’s not completely ripe yet.

So I went looking for images and video touching on this phenomenon, where monkey knowledge is simply superior to our own—I guess I’m still kind of on my evolution kick—and found the clip from this guy, who prefers to do his video presentations in his pajamas.

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Anyway, our tradition tells us that we can learn from every person, so we should probably extend it now to “every primate.” Also, if we learn something new from someone, we should call him or her our Rebbi. It refers to a new halacha or bit of Torah, buy banana peeling could be as important. What if, let’s say, it’s a minute before the start of a fast and you need to peel a banana really quickly – thanks to the monkey you’ll now be doing it a lot faster. So, feel free to call some monkey your rabbi.

Caution: the above was a straight line, funny retort to come in 1… 2… 3…


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Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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