Jewish Humor

Jewish Humor

What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of Jewish humor features a compilation of Jewish jokes and offers an analysis of what humor reveals about Jewish culture. 50,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
Sigmund Freud once wrote of Jewish jokes: "I do not know whether there are many other instances of a people making fun to such a degree of its own character." Why this should be so is the subject of Jewish Humor, an erudite, opinionated, and hilarious examination of comedy as the mirror of culture, woven around more than a hundred of the best Jewish jokes - some classic, some newly minted - ever compiled.
The jokes are analyzed by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, a well-known authority on Jewish life who is as celebrated for his wit as for his scholarship. Through humor, Telushkin identifies the keystones of Jewish character: family love and torments; relations with God; the push of antisemitic oppression and the pull of assimilation; chutzpah and its flip side, self-denigration; the love of learning, the passion for arguing, the commitment to justice - and others. The specific issues Telushkin addresses include how Jews cope with persecution and discrimination (read how the most common antisemitic canard is punctured on page 107); how Jews view money and financial success (for the funny, shorthand version, see page 34); what Jews think about sex (there's a complex of jokes on pages 86-97); how Jews see rabbis and other religious leaders (the truth is bared on pages 149-159); what Jews think about violence (the one kind they like appears on pages 97-104); what Jews think about assimilation and intermarriage with non-Jews (take a guess or take a look at pages 125-145); and how Jews see other Jews (judge by the joke on page 82).
Insightful, sometimes stinging, and always funny, Jewish Humor offers no less than a portrait of the Jewish collective unconscious. It is destined to become the classic work on the subject.

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& Taylor

A collection of Jewish humor features a compilation of Jewish jokes and offers and analysis of what humor reveals about Jewish culture

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W. Morrow, 1992
ISBN: 9780688110277
0688110274
Branch Call Number: 809.7935 TELUS
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 25 cm

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