Jewish humor

Confessions Of Amy Schumer’s Childhood Rabbi

07/21/2015
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That would be me.

From 1988 to 1995, I was Amy Schumer’s rabbi, at Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Centre, New York.

Amy Schumer. Getty Images

A Serious Study Of Jewish Humor

Both God and Linda Weiser Friedman's books have got funny stuff in them, she says.

03/03/2015
Staff Writer

There’s a lot of laughter at Baruch College this year, and it’s coming from the classroom of a professor of statistics & computer information systems. The new course is “Jewish Humor,” which attempts “to walk the fine line between scholarship and playfulness.” The teacher is Linda Weiser Friedman, co-author — with her husband, Heshy Friedman, a professor of business at Brooklyn College — of “God Laughed: Sources of Jewish Humor” (Transaction). On the eve of Purim, a Jewish holiday that celebrates humor, The Jewish Week caught up with Friedman by email. This is an edited transcript of the interview.

Linda Weiser Friedman: The roots of modern Jewish humor can be traced back to the Torah.

For Yom Kippur: Did You Hear The One About...?

During Yizkor on Yom Kippur, I remember my father, who always made us laugh and I also remember my best friend Carla Meyers, who used to say, “In humor there is truth.”

So when I recently came across this joke in the Joseph Telushkin book Jewish Humor, I recognized the sad truth buried within a joke that causes discomfort in me because it should be so far from reality. 

The joke: A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two young sons. A passerby asks her how old the boys are. “The doctor is three,” the mother answers. “And the lawyer is two.”

We can laugh at the joke, but I do believe that we are ready to move beyond the thinking behind it.

Joan Rivers: 'Yente-In-Chief'

The 'mouth that roared' is silent, but in her life Rivers gave voice to outsiders and women.

09/05/2014
Special to The Jewish Week

Joan Rivers was a – sometimes off-color – voice of outsiders and women, and a fierce defender of Israel.

Joan Rivers was a fighter. Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate: Throwing Candy On Every Occasion

Why should you only throw candy at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? The players at Hahafuch, the Israeli comedy troupe, show us  a new trend in celebration involving lots of hard candy and your head. 

Pew And Jewish Humor

10/16/2013

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).


Yom Kippur Humor

Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, editor of the "Big Book of Jewish Humor," tells the tale of a Yom Kippur Ne'ilah service that will really hound you.

Old Jewish Jokes

More old Jewish jokes (clean!) to tell your friends over the weekend.

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