Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews

August 17, 2019 - Comment

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

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.

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Anonymous says:

Humor Explained Jewish Culture Better than other books did I liked the format of the book, I was so surprised when I found that I had read through 50% of the book in one sitting. The jokes are really engaging, and they show so many subtle nuances of Jewish culture I didn’t know about. I would recommend this book to accompany anyone studying Judaism seriously in order to convert to submerge into their culture and in addition to converting for the religious ideology. I’d also recommend this to anyone with anti Semitic views because the book really…

Anonymous says:

Order this and order Joys of Yiddish along with it I have been a fan of Tellushkin since I first learned of “Jewish Literacy.” Jewish Humor is wonderful. He is the right man to tell the story. I am also a fan of books full of jokes, especially when thought has gone into the choice of jokes and the commentary. I’m just over 1/2 way through and am still finding it fascinating. I’ve sent three other copies as gifts already, and have gotten fantastic feedback. A Talmudic question is raised by the decision of whether one should read…

Anonymous says:

A More Historical View of Jewish Humor This is the second book I’ve read about Jewish humor.* This one is written by a rabbi who takes his Jewish jokes seriously. What he seems to be doing is explaining Jewishness through their humor. He is very earnest and clear in his explanations. I walked away with a much clearer understanding of the Jewish mind and culture after reading this book.* The previous one was “Let There Be Laughter A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It Means” by Krasny, Michael.

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