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Laugh for God’s Sake

Where Jewish Ethics and Jewish Humor Meet

By Stanley Schachter

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Jewish humor is a venerable part of the Jewish historical experience. It has been a constant companion of Jews, as individuals and communities, accompanying them in many lands and and expressing itself in a number of languages. Jewish jokes penetrate virtually every aspect of human relationships, sparing neither Jew nor non-Jew. Stanley Schachter's study, enhanced by his translations of nearly 150 jokes drawn from Yiddish and Hebrew sources, examines Jewish humor from a novel perspective, revealing their connection to primary teachings of Jewish ethics. His analysis uncovers Jewish humor as an active partner of Judaism's timeless teachings, couched in laughter, and intended to remind Jews of their ethical obligations in life's ever tangled encounters.
About the Author
Stanley J. Schachter was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Following active duty as a U.S. Navy chaplain, he served congregations in Kansas City and Chicago before returning to The Jewish Theological Seminary as Vice-Chancellor and member of the faculty. He appeared frequently as commentator on Jewish affairs on the Seminary's renowned Eternal Light radio and television programs. He holds a doctorate in medieval Jewish liturgical studies. More recently he served B'nai Jeshurun Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio as Senior Rabbi. He has taught Jewish religious thought at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies as adjunct professor and is currently Jewish Chaplain for the Cleveland Clinic. His novel approach to Jewish humor has brought him before many audiences over the years.
Praise for Laugh for God's Sake
Being able to laugh at one's self is a sure sign of confidence. Laugh for God's Sake: Where Jewish Humor and Jewish Ethics Meet seeks to speak of Jewish humor and how it seems to not be exclusionary to gentiles and touches upon the very fundamental things that makes us all human. Hoping to teach readers the value of ethics as they laugh along the book, Laugh for God's Sake: Where Jewish Humor and Jewish Ethics Meet is a top pick for both Judaic Studies and Humor collections.
~ Midwest Book Review

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