Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
Rachelle Fraenkel's inspiring message to the Jewish people.
How to create the life you want.
Our manufacturer knows that we’re going to fall.
Welcome to the land of Jewish kilts and kosher haggis.
Even though the Islamic terrorists tried to get people to convert, Steven did not.
Col. Richard Kemp defends Israel's actions in the Gaza War.
Hannah Arendt was wrong. Eichmann wasn’t a mediocre bureaucrat embodying the banality of evil. He was a fanatically dedicated Nazi.
Every single word can make a difference.
We are all caught on tape. A timely Rosh Hashanah lesson.
My plea bargaining with God.
Walking to the crematorium, she suddenly saw her mother from whom she was separated weeks earlier.
Spiritual growth based on scientific research.
I don’t want to strike up personal conversation with the salesperson.
These recipes are not only a huge hit but they freeze well too.
My negative encounter with an airline agent.
Breaking someone’s heart for the right reason.
Telling the difference between a minor problem and a major character flaw.
Three mantras for finding your soul mate.
Why is 13 the age for a Bar Mitzvah?
How to attain true self-esteem.
As spiritual beings, we are responsible for actualizing the potential holiness that God imbues in each moment.
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.
Fun, inspiring Rosh Hashanah music video to enjoy and share.
Three phrases in the news that will help us prepare for Rosh Hashanah.
A handy checklist of everything you need to know for the New Year.
This Rosh Hashanah, electrify your life with purpose.
The clear-thinking, Academy Award-winning defender of Israel shares his thoughts with Aish.com.
The new Pew study demonstrates that Israelis are amongst the happiest people in the world. Here are 8 reasons why.
What makes those with special needs special?
An uplifting Rosh Hashanah tale.
Make this Jewish new year extraordinary.
An inspiring music video by students of Aish Jerusalem.
August 14, 2011
May 2, 2012 12:06 PM
Bad news with humor
...nor foolish talking nor jesting which are not covenient: but the rather giving of thanks. Instead, remind each other of G-d's goodness .
August 29, 2011 7:59 PM
Went a little too far for real life
If this video is suppose to represent a real life situation then it went too far, Even when we are hurting it is not ok to make others feel bad with humor. Although, I have to say I am a big fan of Adam Sandler.
August 22, 2011 1:32 PM
Two faith doctors l will always remember;Joshua & Caleb
True there were Giants in the Promise Land but there was one greater who had conquered a bigger Giant throughout the trip so far. The mighty God who watches over us when we make a fool of ourselves like the advisers of biblical Job. One day l looked worried that my father could be suffering from a kidney problem, l worried for him but he was less concerned reminding me that l had prayed about it so God will sort him out; one can take this as humor at first until you see the result it turned out he was ok l guess his faith made him whole. Joshua and Caleb had the Spirit of God leading them, the men w need in our midst today to remind us that all things are possible in faith, yes it looks horrible but there is a glitter of hope let us pursue it.
August 18, 2011 12:46 AM
Don't judge someone under stress
When I was a teenager, I had a bad skin condition. I went to several doctors, but the one that ended up helping me was a bigwig in a major hospital. I had an appointment once while the doctor was doing rounds. I was laying on an examination table and he started discussing me as if I were a specimen under a microscope. He told his students to note the sausage shape of the whens on my face and I finally said "and I'm kosher, too!". At that point (after they stopped laughing) the doctor told the students that it was always important to remember that their patients are human, too, and he apologized to me. Sometimes doctors and others are so involved in getting the job done, that they forget about humanity. I think that's what this comic was trying to bring out, albeit a bit overdone. It's also not unusual for people to blame the messenger when they don't like the message. Both sides should try to get a clearer picture of where the other is coming from. Unfortunately, miscommunication is often the result of not enough time or thought. People under stress are also more likely to react (or overreact) inappropriately. While I don't necessarily find this funny (I don't believe in making fun of people) the humor itself is somewhat humorous. The doctor actually seems like a pretty nice guy, and very patient. Better than some real doctors I've met.
August 17, 2011 2:32 AM
most comedy consists of insults
I've noticed that a great part of the humor in most sitcoms, current and also older ( as, for example, in classic old time radio comedy which I've been listening to for nostalgic reasons) consists of insults and put-downs, with the audiences laughing uproariously at the embarrassment of the insultee. I truly fail to see any humor in this. I find it sad.m
Leibel ben Shmuel,
August 17, 2011 2:10 AM
Humor's healthy - but what's this?
When great verbal comedians skewered a victim (picture Groucho Marx ), part of the laugh came from defeating pomposity. When a great silent comic (think Chaplin) kicked a cop in the tuchis it was funny because the cop enjoyed abusing powerless people. But this is just plain mean-spirited and rather sad. Two minutes is two too many.
August 16, 2011 8:46 PM
dealing with bad news through humor
I agree with Anonymous and Nissan 5702: this scenario is in bad taste and not funny. Making fun of another person is never funny. The old Jewish humor was denigrating--making fun of oneself. But I agree that real humor might mitigate bad news.
August 16, 2011 7:47 PM
dismiss the gravity of any message by rubbishing the messenger
It is possible to dismiss the gravity of a message by rubbishing the messenger. Same point when it comes to a moral message?
August 16, 2011 6:23 PM
humor is great, but this is not funny
I totally agree with Anonymous below: humor can definitely help a scary situation, but put-downs like this are not funny. Except to high school kids. Surely this video could be re-done with some real humor. Not a good example of a Jewish way to react to bad news - if he was wearing a kippah it would be a chillul Hashem.
August 16, 2011 5:34 PM
Humor is a legitimate weapon when waging war on death, but not mocking people. Not very nice example of Jewish Humor.
Whatever makes the news bearable is fine, but this comic is not too funny. I am not a fan. He's too old, too, for the snarkiness; youngsters can get away with rude, being to a degree not yet civilized. Adults, esp. Jewish adults, cannot; Besides the fact that embarrassing one's fellow in front of others, deriding and mocking, are seriously sinful behaviours, at least according to Jewish law, telling stupid jokes and taking silly shtick too far for too long, carry their own built in penalty for their audience. Aish should not be promoting this sort of 'wit" which consists of embarrassing and slighting a fellow. Even if you allow for the shock of the diagnosis. Behaviour is habit. My father never lied throughout his life, not once, , even when technically it was permissable because he didn't want to get the habit, get his lips used to pronouncing untruth. Humor is one of lifes great pleasures, but not at the expense of anyone's feelings.
August 15, 2011 4:45 PM
I never did like his style of humor.
The "latent" language in the attempted humor says everything.
His style is NOT funny. He doesn't know anything about clever. His father wasn't funny either, in my humbly opinion. Funny is not 'degrading' the other person. There is no commonality in this humor. His small mind has to turn to racist humor. When does he start in on the labor camps where the Dr. received his training??? The only reason he doesn't use it or say it, is 'generational'.
August 15, 2011 3:53 PM
While in the hospital after a serious accident, I was visited by a friend who noticed I had lost MANY pounds. She mentioned my NEW skinny body.".YES!" I told her..."CRASH DIET!"
August 15, 2011 3:18 PM
One of the best ways one can hear such news!
As a practicing thrapist I can testify to the serious effects of what is know as 'Conflict of Diagnosis'. This means that when a patient hears from a doctor (or other authoritative figure) that he is in a bad state etc, it can worsen the strenth of the disease and also create new ones. This effect will largely be vanquished when the news is laughed off, since the emotional shock (which is the catalyst for the Conflict of Diagnosis) will be absorbed with humor and not fear.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.