From Family Guy S12E12

(Outside synagogue)

Stewie: So, where do they think they go when they die?

Brian: Well, you should try asking the rabbi. Although, I should warn you, you might not get an answer.

(Inside synagogue with rabbi)

Stewie: So, where do Jewish people think they go when they die?

Rabbi: Where do you think we go?

Stewie: Well, I don't know. That's why I'm asking you.

Rabbi: Why do you think you're asking all these questions?

Stewie: I-I just, I just really want to know what happens.

Rabbi: Do you think that's part of God's infinite plan?

Stewie: I think your whole religion is a sham, just so you can get extra holidays off from work.

Rabbi: Oop, gotta go. It's Buchwuch.

I think I get the joke of the last 2 lines, but before that, the rabbi answers Stewie's questions with questions. What's the Jewish or Jewish stereotype joke here? Lots of religious, theological or philosophical professionals do this even if they're atheists or agnostics.

A question on a Christianity joke in The Big Bang Theory: What's up with churches and guitars in this joke from The Big Bang Theory?

  • Welcome! Please note that it's currently Shabbat in most of the world, so your question likely won't get much attention today. – Leopold says Reinstate Monica Nov 10 '18 at 11:01
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    Welcome to MiYodeya. Please note this site is focused on Judaism and it is not clear that question is focused on Judaism as a religion. In any case, the joke is that Jews tend to answer questions with other questions – mbloch Nov 10 '18 at 16:02
  • @mbloch so the one in Christianity isn't focused on Christianity? Anyhoo thanks! – BCLC Nov 11 '18 at 3:06
  • @BCLC my point (probably not very clear) is that your question isn't focused on Judaism as a religion, it is more cultural and therefore might well be out of scope – mbloch Nov 11 '18 at 3:55
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    a +1 for בוחווך – Dr. Shmuel Nov 11 '18 at 10:50

Yes, the stereotype is that Jews often a question with another question. This is very commonly discussed and joked about.

It's certainly possible that the stereotype is wrong. (Though "atheists and agnostics" aren't a counterexample unless you specify that these particular atheists and agnostics aren't Jewish.) But jokes only require the stereotype to exist, not to be accurate.

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