Posts filed under Humor

Seinfeld’s opening act: ‘Jerry loves Israel’

Later this month, Israelis will have a chance to experience legendary comedian and television personality Jerry Seinfeld firsthand in four Tel Aviv shows. But Jerry isn't going solo—he'll be accompanied by his friend of 37 years, fellow comedian Mark Schiff, in a private jet that will land in the Jewish state just minutes before Shabbat. Schiff, the opening act for Seinfeld at all four performances in Israel, tells, “Israel is the best. Jerry loves Israel, too—that is for sure.”

Posted on December 2, 2015 and filed under Features, Israel, Humor, U.S..

‘Laughter heals’ is message of unlikely Jewish-Muslim comedy act

“Both Jews and Muslims have a lot in common. What are we fighting over? Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork, we don’t celebrate Christmas, we both use ‘ch’ in our pronunciation, and we are both hairy creatures of God,” says comedian Ahmed Ahmed. “The only real difference between Jews and Muslims is that Jews never like to spend any money and Muslims never have any money to spend.” So goes one of the jokes featured in the “Laugh in Peace” comedy routine of Ahmed and Rabbi Bob Alper. The unlikely duo’s show will be coming to Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa) and the Palestinian territories (Ramallah) for the first time from Aug. 12-17. Together, Ahmed and Alper have performed more than 150 times during the last 14 years—throughout the U.S., Canada, and England—at synagogues, churches, mosques, theaters, and college campuses. Their story began as a gimmick by a savvy publicist, but has transformed into both a fruitful business partnership and a personal friendship. 

Posted on August 6, 2015 and filed under Features, Humor, U.S..

How to get through a Passover seder

Passover means seders. They are important Jewish traditions, but also social and hunger-filled minefields. humor columnist Leo Margul provides tips to help you navigate the time between when you show up and avoid questions about your career/relationship to when you shout “Next year in Jerusalem!” and run out with all the flourless desserts.

Posted on March 25, 2013 and filed under Humor, Passover, Special Sections.

How to attend a bar mitzvah as an adult

As young people, bar and bat mitzvah parties helped us build character: awkward social interactions, quiet slow-dances where you desperately try not to make eye contact, and condescending head-pats from adults and kids taller than us. Now that we’re older, and head-pats have taken on a sexier implication, how do we behave ourselves at our cousin’s/nephew’s celebration? JNS humor columnist Leo Margul explains how to act—and how not to act.

Posted on January 12, 2013 and filed under Bar Mitzvah, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Humor, Special Sections.