Friday, November 24, 2017

Have you heard the one about the two Jews who . . .

Writing a review of three recent books on Jewish humor for the Spectator (November 25, 2017), Keiron Pim asks, 'Is Jewish humour the greatest defence mechanism ever created?'

I don't know if he ever explicitly answers that question, but he does offer a typical Jewish joke that puts things into perspective:
There's a long joke that Dauber and Baum tell in different ways, which in essence goes like this.

In the Pale of Settlement Moshe and Abram are walking down the street, kvetching about being too poor to eat, when they pass a church with a sign that reads: 'Convert and we'll give you ten roubles!'

Moshe looks at Abram and says: 'You know what, I'm going to do it,' and goes inside.

Twenty minutes later he emerges looking solemn, his head bowed. 'Well,' says Abram, 'did you do it? Did you get the ten roubles?'

And Moshe looks up at him and says: 'Why is it you people only ever think about money?'
Now, that's funny! Sublime wit!

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At 9:35 AM, Blogger Bienvenido Bones said...

Maybe offspring from the Judas Iscariot and hopefully not all. . Thanks from the New Testament. . *Bones*

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Well, it's a Jewish joke, so the humor works on several levels . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:32 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

And then there's Eddie Murphy's Jewish joke...

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hmm . . . are you sure that wasn't a Jewless joke?

Still, it was kind of funny.

Jeffery Hodges

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