Posted on February 20th, 2013 2 comments
Jews have long used humor to cope with difficulty. At Purim time the Jewish jokes are especially apt. Here are a few to get you started. We hope you will share some of your favorites with us! Please post your offerings in the comments section below!
Winning the Race
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion decided to field a rowing team. Unfortunately, they lose race after race. Even though they practice and practice for hours everyday, they never manage to come in any better than dead last.Finally, the team decides to send Morris Fishbein, its captain, to spy on Harvard, the perennial championship team.So Morris schlepps off to Cambridge and hides in the bushes next to the Charles River, where he carefully watches the Harvard team at its daily practices. After a week, Morris returns to HUC-JIR.“Well, I figured out their secret”, he announces.“What? Tell us! Tell us!” his teammates shout.“We should have only one guy yelling. The other eight should row.”-Paul Kipnes
Purim Comes Calling
The Esther bunny!
Vashti! Vashti who?
Vashti dishes and I’ll give you a hamantaschen!
Haman Haman who?
Haman whatcha doing tomorrow, it’s Purim!
Orange you glad it’s Purim?!
The difference between Jews and non Jews at a party? Non Jews leave without saying goodbye, Jews say goodbye and never leave. – Eric Siroka
A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards.
She says to the clerk “May I have 50 Chanukah stamps please.”
“What denomination?” says the clerk.
The woman says “Oy vey, my god, has it come to this? Okay, give me 6
Orthodox, 12 Conservative and 32 Reform!”
-Josh C. Perlman
Out and About
What does a waiter say to a table of Jewish women? “Is anything all right?” -David Young
I first heard from one of my favorite professors, Chanan Brichto, of very blessed memory: A congregant comes up to her rabbi at the Oneg Shabbat and says: “Rabbi that was the worst sermon I ever heard. You insulted our intelligence and rambled on and on.” A congregant who overheard then approaches the rabbi and says: “Oh don’t listen to her. She has no mind of her own! She just repeats what everyone else is saying.” -Stephen Fuchs
Moishe Goldberg was heading out of the Synagogue one day, and as
always Rabbi Mendel was standing at
the door, shaking hands as the congregation departed. The rabbi
grabbed Moishe by the hand, pulled him aside and whispered these words
at him: “You need to join the Army of God!”
Moishe replied: “I’m already in the Army of God, Rabbi.”
The rabbi questioned: “How come I don’t see you except for Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur?”
Moishe whispered back: “I’m in the secret service.”
-Josh C. Perlman
It Is No Bother
Once a rabbi was speaking and a baby started to cry. His embarrassed Mother hastened to remove him. The rabbi called out to her. “Please, you don’t need to take him out. He wasn’t bothering me.” The woman answered, “Rabbi I wasn’t taking him out because he was bothering you. I am taking him out because you were bothering him!” –Stephen Fuchs
The Blessing Of ShabbatWhat do you get from bad chicken on Friday night? ……..
Moishe is driving in NYC . He’s late for a meeting, he’s looking for a
parking place, and can’t find one. In desperation, he turns towards
heaven and says: “Lord, if you find me a parking place, I promise that
I’ll follow all of your commandments and live my life as an exemplary
Miraculously, a place opens up just in front of him.
He turns his face up to heaven and says, “Never mind, I just found one!”
-Josh C. Perlman
Adam and Eve on the Bus
A devoutly religious Israeli man is sitting on a bus when a scantily clad
secular Israeli woman takes the seat next to him. Saying nothing, he reaches
into his bag, pulls out an apple and places it in front of her.
“What’s this?” asked the woman.
The man replied, “In the Garden of Eden, after Eve ate the apple she had to
The next day, this scene repeated itself as the same woman took a seat next
to the same man. This time it was her turn to pull an apple from her bag and
place it in front of him.
“What’s this?” asked the man.
The woman replied, “In the Garden of Eden after Adam ate the apple, he had
to work for a living!”