Issues 17:08 Judaism and Humor

Is the Jewish Religion a Laughing Matter?
Author: Matt Sieger

Jewish comedians have gently poked fun at their own religion— or their own doubts about the existence of God—for a long time. In Woody Allen’s movie, Broadway Danny Rose, Danny has the following conversation with his love interest, Tina:

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The Softening of a Cynic

Penn Jillette, the large, ponytailed half of the comedy/illusionist team, Penn & Teller, is another staunch cynic and an avowed atheist. The vanity plates on his car read ATHEIST. He frequently lambasts the Scriptures and those who believe in God on the television show he hosts for Showtime and in his video blog, Penn Says.” […]

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Funny or Frightening?
Author: Matt Sieger

Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman wrote the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane and How to Raise a Jewish Dog. Now they are back with another comedic book. Only this one is not so funny. It’s called How to Profit from the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You’re Left Behind. The fictional authors, created by […]

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Jewish Humor… in the Bible?

God writes a lot of good comedy. It’s just that he has so many bad actors.”  —Garrison Keillor The purpose of the Bible is not to entertain, but to instruct and so its subtle humor serves a purpose—to show people what ought to be in comparison to what exists. Some examples of humor in the […]

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