Why Be Jewish?: A Testament
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Pew And Jewish Humor
Tue, 10/15/2013 - 20:00

For years, the Jewish community and synagogue leaders have fought the trend 
of dropping membership and attendance. Now the Pew study provides an answer (“Jews Serious When It Comes To Humor,” Oct. 11).

According to the polling organization’s  statistics, Jews consider a sense of humor to be a more 
important defining quality in a Jew than observance of ritual and mitzvot.
 Let every synagogue associate with a comedian and replace the rabbi’s 
sermon on Shabbat with 15 minutes of stand-up, topical to the parsha.
 New members would flock to the David shul, the Reiser shul, the Crystal
 shul, the Sandler shul or the Franken shul (“that one I wouldn’t set
 foot in”).

Ecumenical weekends with guest rav Rosie O’Donnell or Chris 
Rock would draw large crowds, and you wouldn’t have to drive to the


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