Jewish Jokes of the 1990s

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The following quotes were compiled by Arie Kaplan to accompany his articles about Jewish humor in the 1990s. Reprinted with permission from Reform Judaism magazine.

Richard Lewis

"My family wasn't very religious. On Hanukkah they had a menorah on a dimmer."

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"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land."

Rita Rudner

"Why are women wearing perfumes that smell like flowers to attract men? Men don't like flowers. I wear a scent called 'new-car interior.'"

David Steinberg

"Fortunately, my parents were intelligent, enlightened people. They accepted me exactly for what I was: a punishment from God."

Jackie Mason

"My grandfather always said, 'Don't watch your money; watch your health.' So one day while I was watching my health, someone stole all my money. It was my grandfather."

Jonathan Katz

"My dad called me up the other night, very excited. He said, 'Jonathan, when I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I don't have to turn on the light, the light goes on automatically. When I'm done, the light goes off automatically.' I said, 'Dad, you're peeing in the fridge, and it's got to stop.'"

Jerry Seinfeld

"I once had a leather jacket that got ruined in the rain. Why does moisture ruin leather? Aren't cows outside a lot of the time?"

Gilbert Gottfried

"I went up to Jackie Kennedy at a party and figured I'd try to break the ice by getting a little conversation going. So I said, 'Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard that Kennedy was shot?'"