Lots of people thought it was hilariously funny. I was aghast. I thought it was invented by Orthodox Jews to make Reform or Conservative Jews look like lightweights. But then I saw lots of non-Orthodox Jews posting it too, and finding it hilariously funny. Then I was insulted, like maybe it's supposed to show that Orthodox Jews overcharge for the same services in the name of religion (think kosher industry?). Either way, it made me cringe.
Then, come Chanukah, this one was making its rounds:
What do you think? Funny or no? I have two opposite reactions:
1. Hey, that's kind of cute! (Wouldn't mind a miracle like that, myself.)
2. That is SO corny and out of touch with what Chanukah is. The spelling of "Hanukkah" kinda underscored #2 for me.
Then, the kicker, this one appeared:
I found this so annoying. So corny. So hackneyed. SO eye-rollable. I know humor is not always explicable, but what is funny about this? To be clear, I do NOT find it offensive. It's pretty hard to offend me (OK, bad language and insulting comments are offensive) about Judaism. It's just that I don't see the humor. It's the kind of thing I'd laugh at only to make someone feel good.
And btw...I NEVER find bris jokes funny.
In fact, I'm discovering that I'm pretty hard to please when it comes to "Jewish humor." I find most of it in poor taste, sacrilegious, corny, or just plain old unfunny.
What kind of Jewish humor do I appreciate? Clever plays on words with Hebrew and English, especially textual. Intra-communal jokes about Jews from various ethnicities (German Jews - "yekkies," Chasidim, Litvaks - Lithuanian Jews) that even the playing field. Making fun of ourselves is always awesome.
I even searched the web to find a Jewish cartoon I found funny but I couldn't. The closest I came was this:
|The Shabbos Belt|
It's pretty cute.
So... am I a culturally Jewish humor scrooge? What do you find funny? And if it's off-color, fuggeddabouddit.