Thursday, July 18, 2024

Comedian Rabbi Bob Alper on How He Won the Joke With the Pope Contest

There's a reason why Sirius/XM Satellite Radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper's bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Jerry Seinfeld.

Bob's unique background - he's an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary - prepared him well for a twenty-seven year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that's intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

Last month Rabbi Bob told an audience in central Florida about how he beat 4,000 competitors from 47 countries in winning a contest for a joke that Pope Francis would like when he visited the USA in 2015.

Here's the joke. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wacky Wednesday Comedy Special: Real Life Set to Music - A Candid Camera Classic

Candid Camera was an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s. 

The show involved concealing cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."

Peter Funt joined the show professionally in 1987 when he became a co-host with his father. During this time the show was being broadcast on the CBS television network. In 1993, Allen Funt had a serious stroke, from which he never fully recovered. This required Peter to host the show full-time. 

The show went through a few revivals. During his time on the show Peter was a producer, host and acted on the show. He also produced and hosted over 200 episodes. 

Twenty-three years ago the Candid Camera crew set up shop in a supermarket where they had a pianist on the second floor play music to match the movement of shoppers on the ground floor. Did they notice that their real life was being set to music? Let's see.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Unpacking The Secret of Jewish Intelligence

From goat yoga to brain supplements, people try everything to boost their intellect. But what if an ancient philosophy practiced by Jews holds the key? Representing just 0.2% of the global population, Jews have won nearly a quarter of Nobel Prizes. Their incredible success prompts the question: What is the secret to Jewish intelligence?

Unpacked, a division of Open Dor Media, has posted an interesting video with the answer to this question. We found it informative and want to share it with you.

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 15, 2024

A Joke to Start the Week - "Free Dental Treatment"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. This week we're posting another joke from Dr. Jay Orlikoff, a retired dentist from Centereach, New York, a community on Long Island in Suffolk County.

After a distinguished and meritorious dental career, he is shifting his focus to telling and posting jokes on YouTube. We were fortunate to find some of his jokes and we're sharing one of the family-friendly ones with you today. 

Here's the setup: A priest comes into a dental office and the dentist asks him what the problem is. The priest tells him he has a toothache. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Comedian Elon Gold on the Different Ethnic Demographics in His Audiences

Elon Gold has always been one of our favorite young stand-up comics. A practicing Orthodox Jew who attended Westchester Day School and Yeshiva University High School, he performs for Jewish and for general audiences. His Jewish routines tend to be family-friendly, and his general routines not so.

In his comedy special Chosen and Taken, Gold unleashed his sharp, biting humor. His manic wit transcends race and religion to celebrate the absurd things people do.

In this video clip, he contrasts the differences between Whites, Blacks, Italians, Jews, Asians, and Latinos.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Welcoming Shabbat with Yedid Nefesh by UMD's a Cappella Group, Kol Sasson

Founded in 1997 as the University of Maryland’s premier Jewish a cappella group, Kol Sasson has been serving the national Jewish community with song for over twenty years. Comprised of students from all backgrounds, studies, and cities around the country, the members of Kol Sasson come together to perform a repertoire ranging from English and Israeli pop to traditional Jewish melodies, and more.

In today's video, we join Kol Sasson in welcoming Shabbat with Yedid Nefesh, a preliminary poem to the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Throwback Thursday Comedy Showcase: Candid Camera Pie Tasting Becomes Pie Throwing in 1963

Candid Camera was a popular and long-running American hidden camera reality television series. Versions of the show appeared on television from 1948 until 2014. Originally created and produced by Allen Funt, it often featured practical jokes, and initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

The show involved concealed cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims were told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera." The catchphrase became a song with music and lyrics by Sid Ramin.

Today we're sharing a classic episode from 1963 in a testing laboratory where five men were supposed to compare pie crusts. But the session quickly evolved from pie tasting to pie throwing.

Enjoy! 

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#Throwback Thursday      #TBT

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Shulem Lemmer Sings "God Bless America" With a Yiddish Twist

As Jews, we are deeply grateful to America, the land of the free, for providing a haven where we can celebrate our heritage and practice our religion unconditionally. 

Written by Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant, "God Bless America" has long symbolized hope and unity. It is our fervent prayer that this country continues to be safe and welcoming, under the right leadership, and remain a symbol of freedom for all. 

This rendition in both English and Yiddish, was performed by Shulem Lemmer at a Tzedek Association event in honor of Senator Cory Booker in February of 2024.  

Raised in Boro Park, Brooklyn, Shulem’s singular voice has gained widespread attention in the Chasidic community and beyond. Shulem made history as the first born-and-raised Orthodox singer to ever sign a major record deal in the U.S. His recent contract with Universal Music’s Decca Gold Label positions him as an artist primed to break through to a global audience with the release of his album, The Perfect Dream.

Lyrics in English and Yiddish appear below the video. Enjoy!

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Lyrics: 
While the storm clouds gather, Far across the sea, 
Let us pledge allegiance, To a land that’s free. 
Let us all be grateful, For a land so fair, 
As we raise our voices, In a solemn prayer. 
 
God bless America, Land that I love, 
Stand beside her and guide her, Through the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans white with foam, 
God bless America, My home sweet home. 
God bless America, My home sweet home.
 
 גאט בענטש אמעריקע לאנד וואס איך ליב
 שטייזשע ביי איר און מדריך זיי איר מיט א שטראל איבעראל איבער איר
 פון די בערגן ביז די טאלן ביז די ים'ן ווייס מיט שוים 
 גאט בענטש אמעריקע מיין זיסע היים


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Are Jewish Noses a Real Thing? Unpacking This Harmful Stereotype

Unpacked, a division of Open Dor Media, has posted an interesting video on how and why Jewish noses have been portrayed as a hateful stereotype through the ages. We found it informative and want to share it with you.

Even today, Jews are often depicted in the media as having extra-large and hooked noses, perpetuating the myth and hateful stereotype of the "Jewish nose." This stereotype has persisted for centuries, even though scientific studies have disproven the notion that Jewish noses are larger than those of other ethnicities. As a result, nose jobs have become a norm and are sometimes even encouraged within many Jewish communities. This harmful stereotype continues to affect the perception of Jewish people, despite the evidence against it. 

While some Jews may share similar characteristics to other Middle Eastern peoples because the Jewish People originate from the Land of Israel, which is in the Middle East, the singular stereotype of the "Jewish nose" persists and serves as a dangerous and often harmful rhetoric that has no basis in reality.

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Monday, July 8, 2024

A Joke to Start the Week - "Becky and Sadie Play Cards"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today Mickey Greenblatt is back with another good one.

Marshal (Mickey) Greenblatt received degrees from Columbia (BA and BS in Flight Sciences), a DC from Von Karman Institute (1963) and his PhD from Princeton in Aerospace Sciences. He worked as a researcher for NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

With four other scientists, he founded Fusion Systems Corporation, which invented microwave-powered UV lamps for drying coatings. He founded and served on the boards of technology companies and is active in volunteer work. He served on the executive committee of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington for many years.

Mickey also loves Jewish jokes and sent us this one to share with you. Here's the setup:  Becky and Sadie have been friends for 50 years. Now they're in their 70s, living in a nursing home, and playing cards. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Israeli Comedy by Zehavit Rosenbloom - "Yafit and Hertzel go to the Doctor"

Zehavit Rosenbloom is a mom with seven children who is performing standup comedy and recording videos for Jewish audiences.She has created many Jewish characters including ultra religious Rebbetzins, secular Israelis, and El Al representatives who put passengers through intensive interrogations before letting them board planes.

She calls her comedy routines Zeya Comedy and we are sharing some of her sketches in Jewish Humor Central posts. Today we're sharing a skit in which an annoying Israeli woman named Yafit goes to a doctor with her husband Hertzel.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Welcoming Shabbat with Yigdal by Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli and Lara Traum

Most synagogues conclude the Friday evening service with the liturgical poem Yigdal

Yigdal (Hebrew: יִגְדָּל‬ means "Magnify [O Living God]") is a Jewish hymn which in various rituals shares with Adon Olam the place of honor at the opening of the morning and the close of the evening service. 

It is based on the 13 Articles of Faith formulated by Maimonides (The Rambam). A translation can be found in any bilingual siddur in the language of the country where it is sung.

Today we're welcoming Shabbat with a traditional Ladino Sephardic version of Yigdal by Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraeli of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism of Flushing, New York, and Lara Traum.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Tumbalalaika Around the World - As Sung by Singer/Actress Julie Benko

The Yiddish folk love song Tumbalalaika originated in Eastern Europe in the 19th century, but its exact origin is hard to pinpoint. That hasn't prevented it from being sung and played over and over, not only in places where Yiddish songs are sung, but just about everywhere in the world, in vocal and instrumental versions, in cabarets and in the movies.

Just as we have followed the songs Hava Nagila, Adon Olam, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, and Abanibi as they took different forms as interpreted by a wide variety of singers, musicians, and dancers, we're continuing the series today that we started back in 2012, sharing our 25th version of this universal courting and love song.

The version of Tumbalalaika that we're sharing today is by singer/actress Julie Benko. Julie portrayed Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl (2022) and originated the role of Ruth Stern in the Broadway musical Harmony (2023). Julie sings the song in Yiddish and English.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Wacky Wednesday Comedy Special - "Tickle Yourself" - A Candid Camera Gold Flashback

Candid Camera was an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s. 

The show involved concealing cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."

Peter Funt joined the show professionally in 1987 when he became a co-host with his father. During this time the show was being broadcast on the CBS television network. In 1993, Allen Funt had a serious stroke, from which he never fully recovered. This required Peter to host the show full-time. 

The show went through a few revivals. During his time on the show Peter was a producer, host and acted on the show. He also produced and hosted over 200 episodes. 

Twenty-three years ago the Candid Camera crew tried to prove or disprove the theory that it is impossible to tickle yourself. Let's see the results.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Comedian Modi Rosenfeld on Bringing Light to Dark Times

On June 18 ILTV's Maayan Hoffman met with comedian Modi Rosenfeld to talk about his effort to bring laughter to Israelis during such difficult times. 

Modi reflected on the importance of taking time out of praying and helping with the war to pause for laughter, and then return to the serious business of helping Israel. 

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Monday, July 1, 2024

A Joke to Start the Week - "The Perfect Husband"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today we're sharing a joke by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson, one of America's premier Jewish scholars in Torah and Jewish mysticism.

Rabbi Jacobson, an American Chabad rabbi from Monsey, New York, is one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world today, lecturing to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on six continents and in forty states, and serving as teacher and mentor to thousands across the globe. 

He is considered to be one of the most successful, passionate and mesmerizing communicators of Judaism today, culling his ideas from the entire spectrum of Jewish thought and making them relevant to contemporary audiences. 

He served as editor-in-chief of the Algemeiner Journal, and as a choizer (transcriber) for Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

He also loves to tell jokes, and here's the setup: "So a woman approaches me and asks me if I can find the perfect husband for her." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Yiddish Word of the Day: The Ten Commandments

Two weeks ago on the holiday of Shavuot we read the Ten Commandments in shul. Most of us are familiar with the wording of these precepts in Hebrew and in English. But what about Yiddish?

In the Forverts' series "Yiddish Word of the Day", Rukhl Schaechter shows us how to say "Ten Commandments" in Yiddish and some expressions relating to them.

Schaechter, who was appointed the new editor of the Forverts in 2016, is the first woman to helm the paper in its 119-year history, its first editor to have been born in the United States, and likely its first editor who is shomeret Shabbat.

We posted the first of this series in May 2020. Now that the Forverts is continuing the series, we are continuing to share some of the words and phrases as a regular feature of Jewish Humor Central.

Enjoy!

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Welcoming Shabbat with Shir LaMaalot as Sung by Berry Sakharof and 400 IDF Combat Soldiers

Today we welcome another Shabbat with Shir LaMaalot, as sung by Berry Sakharof and 400 combat soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces. It was recorded earlier this month in Jerusalem at the National Library of Israel.

Berry Sakharof is an Israeli rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is popular and critically acclaimed. He is often referred to as "the prince" or "the prince of Israeli rock".

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Throwback Thursday Musical Showcase: Totie Fields Sings "Put on a Happy Face" to Ed Sullivan 58 Years Ago

Totie Fields was born Sophie Feldman in Hartford, Connecticut. According to Wikipedia, she started singing in Boston clubs while still in high school, taking the stage name of Totie Fields. The name "Totie" was a childhood nickname, a baby-talk pronunciation of the name "Sophie"

Fields gained fame during the 1960s and 1970s. Ed Sullivan gave Fields her first big break when he booked her on his show after seeing her perform at the Copacabana in New York. She made multiple appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Merv Griffin Show, as well as a fifth season episode of Here's Lucy starring Lucille Ball.

Here's a video clip of Totie singing Put on a Happy Face from Bye Bye Birdie to Ed Sullivan on his variety show in 1966.

Enjoy!

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  #Throwback Thursday       #TBT

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Wacky Wednesday Comedy Special: Candid Poses in an Automatic Photo Machine -- A Candid Camera Classic

Candid Camera was a popular and long-running American hidden camera reality television series. Versions of the show appeared on television from 1948 until 2014. Originally created and produced by Allen Funt, it often featured practical jokes, and initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

The show involved concealed cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims were told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera." The catchphrase became a song with music and lyrics by Sid Ramin.

Today we're sharing a classic episode from 1966 in which a voice in an automatic photo machine prompted people to strike candid poses with different emotions.

Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Turbulence on El Al with Revital - Kosher Comedy by Zehavit Rosenbloom

Zehavit Rosenbloom is a mom with seven children who is performing standup comedy and recording videos for Jewish audiences. She has created many Jewish characters including ultra religious Rebbetzins, secular Israelis, and El Al representatives who put passengers through intensive interrogations before letting them board planes.

She calls her comedy routines Zeya Comedy and we plan to share some more of her sketches in future Jewish Humor Central posts. Today Zehavit is back with another impersonation of Revital -- a nosy, annoying El Al flight attendant in action.

Enjoy!

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Monday, June 24, 2024

A Joke to Start the Week - "Nursing Home"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today Mickey Greenblatt is back with another good one.

Marshal (Mickey) Greenblatt received degrees from Columbia (BA and BS in Flight Sciences), a DC from Von Karman Institute (1963) and his PhD from Princeton in Aerospace Sciences. He worked as a researcher for NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

With four other scientists, he founded Fusion Systems Corporation, which invented microwave-powered UV lamps for drying coatings. He founded and served on the boards of technology companies and is active in volunteer work. He served on the executive committee of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington for many years.

Mickey also loves Jewish jokes and sent us this one to share with you. Here's the setup: I went to see my doctor for my annual checkup. While he was working through everything I asked him "How do you decide when an older person is ready for the nursing home?" And then...

Enjoy!

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