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Jewish Humor

Bottom of the email photos

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 15, 2024

Shalom, and welcome to the new archive of all the bottom of the email photos. I get asked about them a lot and if I'm saving them. I wasn't, but now I am. Jordan July 16 July 9 June 4 May 21       May...

Clara Deitchman

Yiddish things my bubbe said to me

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 11, 2024

Since joining the Jewish Light, I’ve reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish my grandparents would use, particularly my maternal grandparents, whom I affectionately named Mama and Baba. Both would use Yiddish...

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about Jacob and his wife?

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about Jacob and his wife?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 25, 2024

I was recently asked by the mother of an old friend, “Why I do a “Jewish Joke of the Day.” I responded and she thought I should share my answer. I believe as Jews, we love to laugh. I believe Jews love to laugh at themselves and laugh at the...

Amy Fenster-Brown and friends.

For ‘professional overthinkers,’ choosing a restaurant can feel like solving a Rubik’s Cube

Amy Fenster Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished June 24, 2024

There are three judgments I will make with conviction and confidence that I am right, and you won’t ever be able to change my mind: 1. Listening to music selected by today’s teenagers makes me feel like I’m being drugged for surgery. 2. Nothing...

Pish posh! Enough with the creepy buzzing

Pish posh! Enough with the creepy buzzing

AMY FENSTER BROWN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 4, 2024

Is it difficult to concentrate on reading this right now because of the distracting noise across the St. Louis area? It’s a constant buzz with crescendos and rhythms in unison that get so loud you lose focus on your task at hand. Oy with the freakin’...

Amy Fenster Brown

Caps in the air, parents in despair: The graduation gloom

BY AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished May 22, 2024

By press time, my oldest child will officially be a high school graduate. Also by press time, I will be swimming in deep waves of emotion, texting and calling all of the other parents who are stranded at sea with me. What do we do now? How did this happen...

Rabbi Jill Hausman of the Actors Temple in New York appears on Saturday Night Live on May 18, 2024. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Meet Jill Hausman, the real rabbi who grimaced through jokes about Jews on SNL’s ‘Weekend Update’

Jackie Hajdenberg, JTAPublished May 20, 2024

(JTA) — For Rabbi Jill Hausman, spiritual leader of the Actors’ Temple in Manhattan’s Theater District, working with celebrities comes with the job description.  So when she saw an email on Thursday from “Saturday Night Live,” asking...

Dan Ahdoot.

The funniest Iranian Jew in the world is coming to St. Louis

Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 15, 2024

A special night of comedy, food and fellowship is coming up June 10 at The Factory in Chesterfield. The Men’s Event is being planned by Jewish Federation to bring together a wide cross-section of the community. According to Amy Bornstein, senior...

Cardinals call up rookie Carolyn Losos, who then retires after one pitch

Cardinals call up rookie Carolyn Losos, who then retires after one pitch

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 8, 2024

The St. Louis Cardinals, mired in a three-game losing streak, needed something special to create a winning spark Tuesday night. So, they called up local civic leader and lifetime educator Carolyn Losos to take the mound. The hope was Losos, who has been...

Momming Never Stops

Momming Never Stops

BY AMY FENSTER BROWNPublished May 2, 2024

When I cook dinner for my family, I tend to announce what each dish is. There’s really no need because it’s usually pretty obvious with foods like chicken that look like chicken, broccoli that looks like broccoli, and noodles that look like noodles....

Jerry Seinfeld said that network sitcoms lost their sizzle. Photo by Jeffery Neira/ NETFLIX

In Seinfeld’s newest kvetch, a tale of two Pop-Tart jokes

By PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished April 29, 2024

This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward's free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Jerry Seinfeld, promoting his new film about a fictive arms race to invent toaster pastries, says they don’t make...

Robin WIlliams at the Happy Feet Two Australian Premiere 4 December 2011,

Robin Williams’ hilarious Exodus retelling is a must-see Passover tradition

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 19, 2024

Robin Williams was not a Jew, but perhaps it was because of his lifetime friendship and professional partnership with Jewish comedy legend Billy Crystal that many people think he was indeed Jewish. Williams, who died in 2014, embraced Jewish culture...

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