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Still looking at holy humor sites, let’s raise a glass of Manischewitz for . . .

A Word in Your Eye

Such a Web site, this is! A Word in Your Eye, based on the 2007 book Oy! The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes by David Minkoff, comes close to a canonical list of the genre.

More than 2,000 jokes are posted here, on classic themes from bar mitzvah boys to doting Yiddishe mamas to retorts against anti-Semites. Not unusual for a Jewish humor site, but this one seems especially easy to get around.

A very basic chart, almost mid-’90s style, groups the jokes under more than 90 text-based links — and growing; the last bunch was added just this year. Others, with sexual themes, are grouped under “Naughtier Jewish Jokes.” And a few dozen are just for children. (Don’t mix ’em up!)

Minkoff shows a helpful side with sample speeches for wedding toasts and 60th birthdays. Also helpful is a glossary of Yiddish terms. At last, you’ll know when to kvell and when to kvetch.

Other sections are more serious. One offers some kosher-themed brain teasers. Another reports on the healing power of laughter. But you may wish to skip the boring, 1,870-word essay on Freud’s psychoanalysis of humor.

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Written by Jim Davis

August 16, 2008 at 2:58 am

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