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A Treasury of Jewish Humor

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A Treasury of Jewish Humor
Edited by Nathan Ausubel
M. Evans and Company, Inc. (1998), 736 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0871318626

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - July 12, 2010

This magnificent collection of Jewish writings contains much more than jokes. It also has short stories by such famous writers as the Nobel Prize winner S. J. Agnon, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perlman, Heinrich Heine, Sholom Aleichem, Sholem Asch, I. L. Peretz, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Yehuda Halevi, and many others. There are short stories, poems, excerpts from novels, witty sayings, and a lot more.

Examples of jokes are:

Examples of witticisms are:

One always brings a good appetite to someone else's feast.

A rich man's daughter is always a beauty.

Some people grow tall by standing on the shoulders of others.

He who has been bitten by a snake will be scared by a piece of rope.

It is the way of a dog that if he is hit by a stone he bites a fellow dog.

An example of good advice:

What is the test of good manners? Being able to bear patiently with bad ones.

Some of the stories are a dozen or even twenty pages long, and they are a delight to read.


Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of seventeen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides. The Orthodox Union (OU) and Yeshiva University publish weekly chapters of Drazin and Wagner's book Let's Study Onkelos on www.ou.org/torah and on www.yutorah@yutorah.org. His website is http://booksnthoughts.com.

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