So the prior Jewish generation (my parents) had a really good sense of humor.
My dad always had a joke to tell and make people laugh.
And as the movie, "When Jews Were Funny" portrays, the suffering of the past led to the lighthearted humor of the times.
From the unbelievable horrors of the Holocaust and pogroms came the yearning for comic relief in the everyday life around us.
We are the survivors!
And we yearn to go on living and making the world a better place, and you can't do that from the depths of sorrow and fear.
In the movie, here were two funny jokes to start your week off with:
1) This old Jewish lady goes through a red light and 2 stop signs, and her husband, Sadie shrieks and says to her, "What are you doing? You just drove through a red light and 2 stop signs!" And his wife replies, "I didn't even know that I was driving!"
2) This Jewish man living in anti-Semitic times trying to hide his Jewishness is reiterating his answers to various questions posed to him to rout him out. He innocently goes, "And when they asked me what religion I am, I fooled them good and told them I was Goyish!"
Yeah, they just don't tell them like they used to. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)