Humor

"OUR PAL GOD" and Other Presumptions

Author: Jeffry Mallow

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Humor

Page: 194

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What began as a casual collection of Jewish jokes for Jeffry V. Mallow's personal amusement soon became a napkin-scribbling compulsion to document the very best in Jewish humor, whenever and wherever he came across it. The bigger his trove, the clearer it became to Mallow that the jokes were more than just funny-they were authentic in their depictions of Jews and their interactions with each other and with non-Jews; they represented the breadth of Jewish life. Field-tested by Mallow's stand-up comedy audiences for decades, here are guaranteed rib-ticklers about matchmakers, cantors, and circumcisers; the overly pious, freethinkers, and heretics; the illogic of Jewish logic; and even Jewish encounters with alien societies! In these pages, Jews poke fun at their own foibles and at the Gentiles who befuddle them, and Mallow offers witty and informative introductions, explanations, background, and cultural context. There's also a handy glossary at the end. Not only is this a laugh-out-loud compilation of the best Jewish jokes that date back to the Talmud and up to today, but it's also a fascinating and entertaining look at Jewish life around the world and through the centuries.
Political Science

Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics

Author: Jeffry V. Mallow

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 402

View: 556

What is Zionism? Is anti-Zionism the same as anti-Semitism? When is criticism of Israel fair and when unfair? Who decides who is a Jew? What is the present state of Yiddish? Is the stereotype of the Jewish-American princess funny or anti-Semitic? Is there a new anti-Semitism or is it the same as the old anti-Semitism? Why are so many Jews attracted to science? Professor Jeffry V. Mallow addresses these and many other questions in Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics, a collection of essays on the condition of the Jews over the last several decades. Jeffry V. Mallow is a Zionist, Yiddishist, feminist, humorist, and physicist. He has lived in the US, Israel, and Europe. He is the author of several books, including ?Our Pal, God? and Other Presumptions, a book of Jewish humor. He and his family live in Chicago.
Literary Criticism

Jews and Humor

Author: Leonard Jay Greenspoon

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

View: 518

"Jews and humor is, for most people, a natural and felicitous collocation. In spite of, or perhaps because of, a history of crises and living on the edge, Jews have often created or resorted to humor. But what is "humor"? And what makes certain types, instances, or performances of humor "Jewish"? These are among the myriad queries addressed by the fourteen authors whose essays are collected in this volume. And, thankfully, their observations, always apt and often witty, are expressed with a lightness of style and a depth of analysis that are appropriate to the many topics they cover. The chronological range of these essays is vast: from the Hebrew Bible to the 2000s, with many stops in between for Talmudic texts, medieval parodies, eighteenth century joke books, and twentieth century popular entertainment.The subject matter is equally impressive.In addition to rounding up many of the "usual suspects," such as Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, and Gilda Radner, these authors also scout out some unlikely comic resources, like the author of the biblical book of Exodus, the rabbinic writer of Genesis Rabbah, and the party records star Belle Barth. Without forcing any of these characters into a pre-constructed mold, the scholars who contributed to this collection allow readers both to discern the common features that make up "Jewish humor" and to delight in the individualism and eccentricities of the many figures whose lives and accomplishments are narrated here. Because these essays are written in a clear, jargon-free style, they will appeal to everyone-even those who don't usually crack a smile!" -- P. [4] of cover.
Political Science

Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics

Author: Jeffry V. Mallow

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN:

Category: Political Science

Page: 402

View: 542

What is Zionism? Is anti-Zionism the same as anti-Semitism? When is criticism of Israel fair and when unfair? Who decides who is a Jew? What is the present state of Yiddish? Is the stereotype of the Jewish-American princess funny or anti-Semitic? Is there a new anti-Semitism or is it the same as the old anti-Semitism? Why are so many Jews attracted to science? Professor Jeffry V. Mallow addresses these and many other questions in Zionist Diarist and Other Polemics, a collection of essays on the condition of the Jews over the last several decades. Jeffry V. Mallow is a Zionist, Yiddishist, feminist, humorist, and physicist. He has lived in the US, Israel, and Europe. He is the author of several books, including ‘Our Pal, God’ and Other Presumptions, a book of Jewish humor. He and his family live in Chicago.
Religion

Moment by Moment Christianity

Author: Emmanuel C. Chijindu

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 755

Moment by Moment Christianity is a series of short reflective thoughts that have been prayerfully written to give Christian, seekers and even non-Christians everywhere practical guidance and hands-on grip to issues of life and daily living as taught by the Bible. It focuses on very short verses from the Bible, from which the salient matters are carefully discussed while pointing out practical steps and recommended actions for personal growth.