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Author: Devorah Baum
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Humor, satire, etc. : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? The Jewish Joke is a  Read more...
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Baum, Devorah.
Jewish Joke : An essay with examples (less essay, more examples).
London : Profile Books, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Devorah Baum
ISBN: 9781782831938 1782831932
OCLC Number: 1004614764
Description: 1 online resource (128 pages)
Contents: Title Page; Dedication; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; How do you tell the difference between a shlemiel and a shlimazel?; Less Essay, More Examples; How do you tell the difference between one Jew and another Jew?; How do you tell the difference between a Jew and a Gentile?; How do you tell the difference between a Jewish person and a comedian?; How do you tell the difference between a Jew and a parrot?; How do you tell the difference between a Jew and an anti-Semite?; How do you tell the difference between joking and not joking? How do you tell the difference between a blessing and a curse?How do you tell the difference between a good deal and a bad deal?; How do you tell the difference between a tailor and a psychiatrist?; How do you tell the difference between morality and neurosis?; How do you tell the difference between a Jewish woman and a shiksa?; How do you tell the difference between a Jewish mother and a Jewish mother-in-law?; How do you tell the difference between a male Jewish comedian and a female Jewish comedian?; How do you tell the difference between a king and a beggar? How do you tell the difference between Jews and Israelis?How do you tell the difference between life and death?; How do you tell the difference between the Trinity and the Almighty?; How do you tell the difference between man and God?; How do you tell the difference between a good joke and a bad joke?; How do you tell the difference between comedy and theology?; How do you tell the difference between Jewish and Goyish?; How do you tell the difference between sporting and joking?; And Finally ... ; How do you tell the difference?; Index.
Responsibility: Devorah Baum.

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The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? The Jewish Joke is a brilliant - and very funny - riff on Jewish jokes, about what marks them apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, it looks at the past of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future. With jokes from Woody Allen, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho mostly), this is both a compendium and a commentary, light-hearted and deeply insightful.

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This book is funny, clever and, at times, heartbreaking. In other words, Jewish. -- David Baddiel A Jew and a non-Jew read Devorah Baum's The Jewish Joke. They both found it hilarious and Read more...

 
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