From Sinai to Seinfeld

From Sinai to Seinfeld: Jews and Their Jokes 

This course reveals a treasure of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites learners to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people buried deep in words. Long since part of the Jewish soul, humor throughout history, has elevated our spirit and bonded us as a people.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – How to ‘read’ a Jewish joke

Lesson 2 – A lack of graves

Lesson 3 – The goyim annoy’em

Lesson 4 – If you’re so smart…

Lesson 5 – The joy of text

Lesson 6 – Take my wife, please

Lesson 7 – “You can change your noses but not your Moses”

Lesson 8 – Dig, I’m Jewish

Lesson 9 – Mothers and others

Lesson 10 – Seriously funny