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  • The shirkers in our midst

    September 4, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Puppet masters. Shirkers.  Schemers. You know who Auntie is talking about—those dear souls who manage to get so very much done simply by being clever, controlling manipulators. We all know a few. Most of the time they are quite good at sitting back and letting someone else do their...

  • Getting “The Finger” on Florida Highways

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 30, 2015 | 4:36 pm

    I've always been a safe driver. Perhaps overly cautious (according to my husband) at times, but it's kept me alive and intact ... thus far. A late learner of necessity (former subway-riding New Yorker moves to suburban South Florida), I was never one to glamorize vehicles or thrill...

  • Israel’s Odd Birdz Land in NYC

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 25, 2015 | 8:47 am

    After nearly a decade of sold-out performances around the world, and a successful tour in the U.S last summer, award-winning Israeli-based theater troupe Tziporela returned to the States with its critically-acclaimed performance style with a brand new comedic, theatrical and...

  • Revenge of the Dishwasher

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 21, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Some say the world will end in fire,

    Some say in ice.

    From what I've tasted of desire

    I hold with those who favor fire.

    But if it had to perish twice,

    I think I know enough of hate

    To say that for destruction ice

    Is also great

    And would suffice.


  • Bye Bye to the Bombastic

    August 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    There’s a new phenomenon on the rise—it seems that over-talkers are overtaking our society. Auntie recently attended a soiree and two overbearing types kept stomping on the flow of conversation. No one is saying it’s not fun to jump in and add to the chatter—but loudly shutting...

  • Reading Yesterday’s News

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 17, 2015 | 10:47 am

    My house has been hit by another avalanche — several actually — of piles of newspapers. We Leafs are members of the idiosyncratic minority who still harbor affection for printed matter of the tactile variety. In addition to our collections of books — shelved, stacked and otherwise...

  • Matzah Matta You?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    April 2, 2015 | 3:29 am

    I love Passover.  It’s a special, historic time of year for Jews, and the seders are always beautiful. But I have to admit (O.k., I don’t have to. I want to, because I love to kvetch.), matzah starts to get on my nerves long before the holiday is over.  I was going to devote this...

  • Letters to the editor: The UCLA controversy and more

    March 18, 2015 | 11:19 am

    How to Train Your Bruin

    I must respectfully disagree with the approach proposed by my good friend David Suissa in his column on UCLA: “Stop Fighting and Start Winning” (March 11, jewishjournal.com). 

    Actually his column is all about “fighting to win.” This form of fighting is...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 26, 2015 | 5:22 pm

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • So What’s a Little Organic Material Between Husband and Wife?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    January 19, 2015 | 7:01 pm

    A few weeks ago, I decided to go to the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show, which recently ended. I asked my husband if he wanted to join me. There’s something you have to understand about my husband. He views any effort on my part to expose him to something...

  • How I ended up spending New Year’s Eve with Elton John

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    January 4, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Let me start by saying that, as a religious Jewish person, I view Rosh Hashanah as the new year, not the day that commemorates the bris of one member of the tribe about 2,000 years ago. Having said that, that other day, commonly known as New Year’s, is widely celebrated and often...

  • Chanuka Dish #2:  The Challukia

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 19, 2014 | 6:00 am

    This is the second dish in my Take Back December for Chanuka campaign. It is appropriate for me to present this dish today, because tonight Chanuka falls on Shabbat. However, I must admit that while I find both the image and the name of this “dish” pretty cool, it’s not the most...

  • Chanuka Dish #1:  The Lattke

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 18, 2014 | 4:39 am

    The lattke is the first dish that I am presenting in my Take Back December campaign, my small but sincere attempt to take a part of December back for Chanuka from another holiday that shall remain nameless. (Although I did name it in my post from yesterday.) The lattke, a...

  • Decoration Expiration

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 14, 2014 | 11:42 pm

    I don’t put up many holiday decorations myself, but I appreciate it when others do. At this point, I know which houses in my neighborhood are going to have witches and pumpkins up in October and shamrocks and leprechauns up in March. I can almost use their displays like calendars....

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Sons of Abraham: Talking Faith, Family and Friendship in the 21st Century

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 21, 2014 | 10:53 am

    A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”

    Actually, it’s a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the Accidental Talmudist. And the Christian, Jason...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, Chris Christie, Pollard and more

    January 29, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Just Say ‘No’ to China

    Three years ago, in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, I called for a boycott of China based on its own abuses: from the selling of women by psychiatric hospitals as sexual partners, to forced labor, torture and murder, denial of human rights and the theft...

  • 2 authors, 2 takes on Jewish humor and theology

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 30, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Jewish humor and Jewish theology share something in common. I can think of any number of jokes whose punch lines say something profound about God (“Work with me here — buy a ticket!”). And we need only consult the Torah to discover how the matriarch Sarah responded when God...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    A moment of humor

    Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman,...

  • Surrounded by Kids

    By Elliot Steingart

    June 25, 2013 | 9:36 am

    I was surrounded by kids for an entire day. In a span of eight hours, I was kicked in the groin and nearly run over by a Fisher Price bicycle. All proof that the first day of summer is the longest day of the year.

    These kids were more combative than a street gang out of...

  • When comedy was kosher

    By Tom Tugend

    May 30, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival would not be worthy of its name without a substantial serving of Jewish humor, and much of this year’s nourishment is provided by two movies honoring the great comedians and writers who flourished around the middle of last century and later.

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 15, 2013 | 11:41 am

    This weekend, I invite you to enjoy Israel's finest creations: funny arrangements for popular songs. No extra words necessary :)

    Jewish Style (Gangnam Style parody)


    I'm Jewish and I Know It (I'm Sexy and I Know It parody)


    Light Up the Night (Light Up the Night arrangement)

  • Courage Under Fire

    By Elliot Steingart

    February 13, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    Sometimes I feel like people are out to get me. My courage was tested this week, not once but twice. The first time involved dropping off shirts at Celebrity Cleaners.

    “Is this your first time here?” asked the Persian girl behind the desk.

    “I've been here once before.” I said....

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