Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
How an ancient 12-word Jewish prayer changed my life.
Israeli and Jewish groups on frontline of Nepal earthquake relief efforts.
How to infuse your home with genuine joy.
This summer, learn how to advocate for Israel.
Justice is not being served.
Everything you need to know about Israel’s capital.
The actor walked out of the interview teaching a valuable lesson about proper speech.
Money cannot buy happiness… with one exception.
Ahmad Batebi bears witness to a brutal, untrustworthy regime.
Why failure is essential to building genuine self-confidence.
How to succeed in changing a habit.
Putting people down to raise ourselves up.
Sometimes, you have to throw away the script.
A frightening true story that happened to me.
With their single-minded focus, men are actually excellent listeners.
Quick tips for success.
Four dating lessons we can learn from the uniqueness of matzah.
Dating and the Tinder Revolution.
A burst in technology, a drop in morality, and the Jewish return to Israel are all predicted as precursors to the Messiah.
Jewish history teaches not only to avoid past mistakes, but to understand where destiny is leading us.
A response to the firestorm of comments to my article about Marc and Chelsea.
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
10 life lessons from an accessible giant.
This Lag B’Omer, take a moment to identify with another’s inner Godliness.
The distinguished number of transcendence.
The significance, customs and mechanics of counting the Omer.
Aunt Esther is coming. First step: freak out. Next step: get to work!
Can you describe a “limitation” that can be viewed as a gift?
DidJew know a Jew invented those soy sauce take out packets we all know and love? Who nu?
Amazing facts about Israel.
Aish.com's video sensation celebrating Israel's birthday!
This Israel Independence day discover what thousands of immigrants love about living in Israel.
April 18, 2009
July 16, 2012 4:17 PM
what makes things funny is the creative tension between truth and 'lies'; what we perceive to be politically correct, and the real 'truth' beyond that. highly culturally different - & i think, at most times, quite political. Unless you are working with children, who don't work with any such paradigmes and have great universal truths to tell, whatever way they choose to communicate them.
April 21, 2009 7:39 AM
Being true to the subject
Whether it is parody or observational humour, a narrative or simply a joke with a punchline - what makes something funny is truth. The 'truth' can be creatively delivered, told in a funny voice (see Mrs. Doubtfire clip) or understated with a facial expression & a knowing, unspoken form of body language, but the essence of what is funny always has its' authenticity intact.
What makes something Jewlarious?: above & beyond the truth, Jewish humour encompasses more than just truth, but internalized, communal truths that speak to the whole community on a cellular, intrinsically Jewish level of self-deprecation, dramatic irony & wisdom draped in a 'no excuses, no explanations' kind of wit. A Jew never explains a joke, he tells it because he's either lived it or living it. And, of course, living a Jewish life is the truth. Which is what makes things funny. Truth.
April 20, 2009 3:27 PM
funny or no?
Things are always funnier if we can see ourselves or someone we know reflected in the character or joke...otherwise, it becomes just an abstract concept that we may or may not be able to appreciate.
April 20, 2009 3:09 PM
Laugh and the world laughs with you
i think its important to laugh at what is human - but the responsibility of the artist ... is best expressed through positive expression of human compassion and love with all its challenges, we're of a creative design, so ... we should have little trouble doing just this: creating and growing together with good humor!!
April 19, 2009 9:52 PM
serious or not serious enough
Makes us wonder whether we take things seriously or not serious enough. It may depend on taking perspectives from a grain of salt.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.