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Jewish Humor

Keeping your perspective...

Characteristically "Jewish" humor is a bit difficult to define. It is sometimes proud, full of naches, and joy, yet may also be marked with self-deprecation, poignancy, pathos, and irony....  As with most things Jewish, it is complex, beautiful, and mystifying.

WARNING: Please do not read the jokes in this section if you are priggish or otherwise thin-skinned! Some of the jokes you may consider to be in bad taste, though frankly your level of comfort reading these jokes will correspond to your own level of self-acceptance within the larger Jewish "mishpochah" or havurah.  NONE of the jokes listed here are meant to be interpreted in a hostile, anti-Semitic, or negative way (I am, after all, ohev Yisrael!)
For the sake of the more goyishe readers of these pages, I've included some definitions of Yiddish and Hebrew terms that might help you catch the point of the joke (just click the highlighted words you don't recognize on the page). Nu - so smile already!

Jewish Dog?

Jokes: Set #1

Jokes: Set #2

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These jokes are in the public domain, unless otherwise noted.

Mislei 17:22

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a
broken spirit drieth the bones
(Prov. 17:22).

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Terms used on this page:

Goy: (n) Gentile; non-Jew; sometimes said disparagingly, though the Jews themselves are referred to by God as a goy kadosh (holy nation). The term goyim acherim (other nations) found in the Prophets became shortened to goyim (pl. of goy), and then by back-formation, a non-Jew was referred to as a goy.

Goyishe: (GOY-e-sheh) Gentile; Goyish; "Gentilish"; non-Jewish.

Havurah: (CHAV-oo-rah) (Hebrew, from chaver, friend) Fellowship; Association; Group with a common sense of identity or mission.

Mishpochah: (MISH-po-khah) (Hebrew; n) Family. By extension, havurah.

Naches: (NAKH-ess) (Yiddish) Proud pleasure or joy (usually over one's (grand)children).

Ohev Yisrael: (oh-hev-yees-ra-EL) (Hebrew) A lover (or friend) of Israel.

Yiddish: (n) Germanic language spoken by about four million Jews throughout the world. The name Yiddish itself means 'Jewish' and is originally short for yidish daytsh, or 'Jewish German'; an older term in English is Judaeo-German. The language arose in central Europe between the 9th and 12th centuries as an amalgam of Middle High German dialects, incorporating also many Hebrew words. Like Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish), Yiddish is generally written using an adaptation of the Hebrew alphabet. However, Yiddish itself is not linguistically related to Hebrew, despite containing a large component of Hebrew vocabulary.

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"Anyone meshugge enough to call himself a Jew, IS a Jew."
- Ben-Gurion

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