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Jewish Humor What the Best Jewish Jokes Say about the Jews

ISBN-10: 0688163513
ISBN-13: 9780688163518
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Joseph Telushkin
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Is Jewish About Jewish Humor?
"Oedipus, Shmedipus, as Long as He Loves His Mother": The Inescapable Hold of the Jewish Family
Between Parents and Children
"Two Men Come Down a Chimney" Jewish Intelligence and the Playful Logic of the Jewish Mind
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 Nakhas
Jewish Business Ethics
Materialism
"The Doctor Is Three and the Lawyer Is Two": Self-Loathing, Self-Praise, and Other Jewish Neuroses
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 Homelessness
Antisemitism
Forbidden Laughter: The Jokes of Russian-Jewish Dissidents
"And I Used to Be a Hunchback": Assimilation and Its Delusions
Assimilation
When Jews Become Christians
Intermarriage
"If I Could Just See One Miracle": Poking Fun at God, His Law, and His Spokesmen on Earth
Is God an Underachiever?
The Messiah
Rabbis
Orthodox Jewish Humor
Charity
"Better to Be Late in This World Than Early in the Next": Why Are There So Few Funny Israeli Jokes?
"Why Is This Knight Different from All Other Knights?": Seven Final - and Unrelated - Jewish Jokes
Notes
Annotated Bibliography
Index

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