Jewish Humor

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-05
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you'll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insight into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about money, sex, and success. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is as celebrated for his wit as for his scholarship, and in this immensely entertaining book, he displays both in equal measure. Stimulating, something stinging, and always very, very funny, Jewish Humor offers a classic portrait of the Jewish collective unconscious.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introduction: What Is Jewish About Jewish Humor?p. 15
"Oedipus, Shmedipus, as Long as He Loves His Mother": The Inescapable Hold of the Jewish Familyp. 27
Between Parents and Children
"Two Men Come Down a Chimney" Jewish Intelligence and the Playful Logic of the Jewish Mindp. 41
Jewish Brains, Jewish Braininess
The Talmud
Reason Gone Mad: The Humor of the Absurd
"So How Do You Make a Hurricane?": The Jew in Business, or Jokes That Would Give an Antisemite Nakhasp. 63
Jewish Business Ethics
"The Doctor Is Three and the Lawyer Is Two": Self-Loathing, Self-Praise, and Other Jewish Neurosesp. 77
Self-deprecation, Chutzpah, and the Jewish Sense of Self-worth
Sex, Guilt, and Other Complications
Jewish Civil Wars
"Pardon Me, Do You Have Another Globe?": Persecution and the Jewish Sense of Homelessnessp. 107
Forbidden Laughter: The Jokes of Russian-Jewish Dissidents
"And I Used to Be a Hunchback": Assimilation and Its Delusionsp. 125
When Jews Become Christians
"If I Could Just See One Miracle": Poking Fun at God, His Law, and His Spokesmen on Earthp. 143
Is God an Underachiever?
The Messiah
Orthodox Jewish Humor
"Better to Be Late in This World Than Early in the Next": Why Are There So Few Funny Israeli Jokes?p. 173
"Why Is This Knight Different from All Other Knights?": Seven Final - and Unrelated - Jewish Jokesp. 185
Notesp. 193
Annotated Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 227
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