traces some roots of the Jewish self-deprecating humour to the medieval influence of Arabic traditions on the Hebrew literature by quoting a witticism from Yehuda Alharizi's Tahkemoni.A more recent one is an egalitarian tradition among the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in which the powerful were often mocked subtly, rather than attacked overtly—as Saul Bellow once put it, "Oppressed people tend to be witty." Jesters known as badchens used to poke fun at prominent members of the community during weddings, creating a good-natured tradition of humour as a levelling device.If nobody sees you, I might be willing to try it with a handsome boy, but just for a few hours." -Kally, Age 9 "It's never okay to kiss a boy.They always slobber all over you...that's why I stopped doing it." -Jean, Age 10 "When they're rich." -Pam, age 7 "The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that." -Curt, age 7 "The rule goes like this: if you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them.Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. "You should never kiss a girl unless you have enough bucks to buy her a ring and her own VCR, cause she'll want to have videos of the wedding." -Allan, Age 10 "Never kiss in front of other people.It's a big embarrassing thing if anybody sees you....The humorist, like the prophet, would basically take people to task for their failings. As radio and television matured, many of its most famous comedians, including Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, George Burns, Eddie Cantor, Jack Carter, Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, and Jerry Lewis were Jewish.
Sigmund Freud considered Jewish humor unique in that its humor is primarily derived from mocking of the in-group (Jews) rather than the "other".
You might get attention, but attention ain't the same thing as love." -Alonzo, Age 9 "One way is to take the girl out to eat. French fries usually work for me." -Bart, Age 9 "Just see if the man picks up the check.