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Why are Jews so funny?

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Visitor Comments: 15

(10) Donald Gluckman, February 2, 2014 6:21 PM

a self-hating joke

Although I do not think Dennis is a Jewish anti-semite, I think he misunderstands the intention of the joke which I have long believed to reflect self-hatred when told by Jews and anti-semitic stereotyping when told by non-Jews.

(9) Mark Shosh, January 2, 2014 7:07 PM

Great Joke

Great joke. So true. The Jews are indeed generous and not cheap or money hungry, however they generally can't resist a good 'metzia' (bargain). The Chofetz Chaim is quoted as saying 'the world has an expression 'time is money', and Yisroel Meir says (he used to refer to himself in third person) 'money is time'. If a Jew can save money he saves time which he would otherwise spend earning that amount. To coin a new phrase: 'A penny saved is a second earned'.

(8) Pan, January 2, 2014 6:31 AM

Praeger's Joke

This joke turns on the fact that while Christians are innately religious and happy to share the source of their faith: the bible for the Protestant and the crucifix for the Catholic, the Jew, even if not especially the relgious Jew is only interested in money. Lesson: Jews have bought into one of the major Christian stereotype of the Jew. The only deprecation here is to say to the Christian "You are right about us."

Sheila, January 3, 2014 3:18 AM

Mr. Brian Donnelly's comment

While many people all over the world are saying, "We don't need anymore Jews," the world certainly needs more people like you Mr. Donnelly. Thank you for your understanding and support. Sheila Pomann

Dvirah, March 21, 2014 2:04 PM

Self-Humor is a Sign of Maturity

The ability to laugh at oneself is a sign of maturity; so as a people, Jews are very mature (as we should be. We're even older than the Chinese!).
That said, one could continue Pan's analysis not with references to money but with the facts that to Jews (1) people are more important than objects and (2) the source of our faith (or at least its major component) is learning. Who is more learned than a Rabbi?

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