Elliot Oring (Ph.D. ‘74), released The First Book of Jewish Jokes: The Collection of L. M. Büschenthal in 2016. The book takes the Jewish joke back two centuries. It explores where the concept of “Jewish jokes” comes from and how jokes as a genre were attached to the Jewish people in the first place. The purpose of the translation and collection of the anthology was to try and get the study of the Jewish jokes and humor more generally defined on some kind of historical footing.
Monday, April 15, 2019