Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jewish Jokes and Jewish Stereotypes

If I were still working on my book Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype, I would certainly include this joke. Bieganski talks about how we stereotype ourselves and each other. This joke, in addition to being a good, funny joke, encapsulates how Jews often stereotype themselves.

I am cutting and pasting this from an observant Jewish friend's internet transmission: 

A fleeing Jihadist, desperate for water, was plodding through the desert when he saw something far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the oasis, only to find a little old Jewish man at a small stand, selling ties.

The Jihadist asked, “Do you have water?”

The Jewish man replied, “I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5.”

The Jihadist shouted, “Idiot! I do not need an over-priced tie. I need water! I should kill you, but I must find water first!”

“OK,” said the old Jewish man, “It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has all the ice cold water you need. Shalom.” Cursing, the Jihadist staggered away over the hill.

Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead and said, “Your brother won’t let me in without a tie!”


  1. As a matter of fact, I recently reviewed a book on Jewish humor. Those readers interested in reading it, please click on my name in this specific posting.

    1. The Hitler joke is good Jan - made me laugh. But I doubt I will be reading the book itself - some aspects of it will clearly upset me. Thanks for the review though.

      Danusha- I am guessing that is a Wailing Wall joke at the top of your blog - it took me a moment to get it, assuming I have got it. And the tie one isn't bad either.

      It does not reply on any "untering" as the Polish "joke" does.


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