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Being a jokester in Judiasm. Negative or positive?

What is Judiasm's stance on joking, or in a broader sense being a jokester or lighthearted person? Is it seen as being a negative trait, or is being funny sometimes warranted in certain cases? If I am ...
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May one celebrate April fools day?

Many people in the world celebrate and play pranks on each other on April 1. Is it halachically permissible to play pranks on people or in any kind celebrate April fools day?
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What is the preferred attitude towards the Sources?

PTIJ? I don't know. You tell me. I hope this stays up long enough for me to get an answer or two. You can approach a text with some levity (which does not preclude seriousness), with neutrality, ...
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What's up with answering questions with questions in this joke from Family Guy?

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 ...
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Stumbling Block contained in the Babylonian Talmud

There is an incident in the Avodah Zarah tractate concerning a blasphemous joke Rabbi Eliazer overheard and derived pleasure from. This sin, according to the Rabbi himself, resulted in his wife and ...
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How can using the bathroom be equated to the pleasure of the afterlife?

There are three things which are a taste of the World to Come: Shabbat, the sun, and “usage.” What does “usage” mean? Usage of the bed [i.e. marital relations]? But that weakens the body. Rather it ...
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source of a phrase found on a tombstone

Does anyone know the source for the phrase "a person who dispenses humor will be in the kingdom of heaven, for he has lessened the sadness of human life"? It was cited as Taanit 22b, but is not there. ...
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Is it true that on Shabbat Purim, one holds a mock service instead of a real one?

My Reform synagogue held a joke service (with familiar melodies, but silly or parodying lyrics) on the Shabbat following Purim. While a few Shabbat traditions were kept, most were parodied or skipped. ...
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Does G-d have a sense of humor? [duplicate]

Is there scriptural evidence, from the Tanakh (not Talmud) that humor is an attribute of G-d? If so, can a chapter or verse be cited?
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Is it a sin to joke about sinning?

For instance, to joke about committing suicide or something less extreme like eating non-kosher. My inclination is towards saying that it is forbidden since it might desensitize one to the idea ...
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Self-referencing as an Apikorus

I have a friend who has a habit of joking about being an apikorus (because he wears his peyos behind his ears). Beyond the strictly judgmental, is there a problem with self-referencing as an apikorus, ...
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Can I write Purim Torah in the bathroom? [duplicate]

Or do we worry about hirhurim of real Torah when writing fake Torah? This is a real question, BTW.
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How old is Purim Torah?

How old is the tradition of Purim Torah? The Wikipedia article linked from our PT policy notes a disputed claim of Purim Torah in the talmud (Hulin 139b), with some saying that while the talmud ...
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Are there any jokes in the Geonim or Rishonim?

Inspired by this question are there any recorded jokes in the works of the Geonim or Rishonim? Please cite sources
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Are there any pranks in the talmud?

Are there any examples of someone pulling a prank or other practical joke on another person in the talmud?
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Who was laughing when?

The Gemara says: והאמר רב גידל אמר רב כל תלמיד חכם שיושב לפני רבו ואין שפתותיו נוטפות מר תכוינה שנאמר שפתותיו שושנים נוטפות מור עובר אל תקרי מור עובר אלא מר עובר אל תקרי שושנים אלא ששונים לא קשיא ...
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Did the Pnei Menachem of Ger have a sharp sense of humor? [closed]

A Satmar Chossid relayed this story to me: The previous Gerer Rebbe had a policy that he did not want a newly married chatan to attend his Shabbat tisch during his 1st year of marriage. One Shabbat,...
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Having fun with telemarketers

Growing up, we had a separate home phone line that was listed in the phonebook and had a distinctive ring. So we knew when someone was calling us who had gotten our number out of the phonebook. This ...
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A practical joke that leads to a mitzvah

When I was in Yeshiva, someone somewhere in Klal Yisrael played a practical joke. Sometime during the week of Parshas Vayeishev, a text message went around saying something to the effect of "a 17 ...
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What's a Grammen?

A few years ago I participated in a Purim Se'udah (feast) at which rounds of humorous poetry were written and then recited in a sing-song chant. I believe they're called Grammen. It was fun, and the ...
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Seeking help constructing Purim Torah about EH"'E 22:13 [closed]

A friend drew my attention to this direct quote from the (very real) שלחן ערוך:‎ תקנו חכמים שיהיו הנשים מספרות זו עם זו בבית הכסא, כדי שלא יכנס שם איש ויתייחד עמהן. (וי"א דוקא בימיהם שהיו בתי ...
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Would Chazal intentionally make a joke/pun?

Is making a joke in the Talmud something Chazal would do? What makes me wonder is the gemara in Pesachim (9b), which, in discussing the concern that a weasel may drag chometz around the house and ...
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Thinking about Purim Torah in the bathroom

It is not permitted to think about Torah in the bathroom regularly, but what about Purim Torah, which is certainly not real Torah study, but still often refers to actual Torah? One might think that ...
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What's wrong with pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1zktTCVrDs#t=108s I usually understand most of Weird Al's references, but this one baffles me. What's wrong with eating pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise? (For ...
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What puns are there in Tanach?

Related to Are there any jokes in tanach?, what puns exist in Tanach?
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Are there any jokes in Tanach?

Are there any examples of actual jokes in Tanach? Please provide sources.
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Is one allowed to go to a stand up comedy show?

Inspired by Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks? Is a stand up comedy club an appropriate venue for a Orthodox Jew, even not during the three weeks?
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Is one allowed to go to a standup comedy show during the 3 weeks?

I know that one is not allowed to listen to live music during the 3 weeks. My question is if Standup comedy is not allowed as well?
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Looking for a source for well done Purim Torah Gemaras

One example that is utterly irreverent yet very well done and funny is the Simpsons episode done up as a blatt of gemera. (As a positive aspect, his use of B'Laz for Rav Shmuel David Ha'Tzair, as "...
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Comedy and Jewish Life

There are many Jews in America who publicly engage in comedy, whether as a career path or as a way of expressing themselves (blogs, art, etc.). Is there historical precedent to this? Are there any ...
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Your funniest Baal Teshuva stories [closed]

For those of us who weren't born into religious households, it's a very emotional and often gut-wrenching process making the transition to a religious lifestyle and world-view. At the same time a lot ...