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amother




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Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:55 am
I know we don't all have the same sense of humor, but what's the funniest/most lighthearted Jewish book you've read? I find that sometimes the ones specifically touted as funny tend to poke fun AT characters, while I tend to empathize too much with them and end up cringing with embarrassment all the way through.

Here's some actually funny books that I can think of:

Off the Wall (funny anecdotes about his experiences as a Kotel Rabbi)
Regards from Camp series (not specifically funny, but lighthearted and amusing)
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 7:53 am
MC Millman's Juggling Act. Some of her others were pretty funny too.
And of course, Mordechai Schmutter and the Kichels anthology.
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Cheshire cat




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 8:43 am
Skullcaps and switchblades, about a jewish teacher in the public school system.

Its actually a serious, insightful story, but the author's style is lighthearted, and he has a fantastic sense of humor.
Some of his escapades had me laughing out loud.

I usually don't enjoy books that try to be deliberately funny
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amother




Turquoise
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 8:50 am
"Don't Ask for a Hot Dog," about the amusing mistakes that [chutznik] people have made when speaking Hebrew!
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Simple1




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 8:54 am
Skullcaps and Switchblades. (Someone beat me to it, but this right away came to mind even before I read this thread.)
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Good Friend




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:10 am
Coming back to Earth: The Central Park Guru becomes an old city Jew
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seeker




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:15 am
I enjoyed a lot of books by M.C. Millman. Revisited some more recently and didn't feel that they aged so well but if you're looking for something lighthearted and not the type of humor that puts anyone down, that's a great place to start.

I know you probably weren't asking for kids books, but Burksfield Bike Club had my kids laughing so hard that I had to see it for myself and I did find them quite amusing! Then again, I enjoy reading kids' lit for relaxation, and I'm not sure how normal that is as a hobby.
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leah233




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:17 am
Chaimkel The Dreamer

by Meir Uri Gottesman

Monsey Kiryat Sefer and beyond is the runner up
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cbsp




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 10:34 am
Dirah Daze

I think the followup was Kitchen Daze

True shaylos that have been asked by bochurim in dorms in EY.


I second MC Millman and Schmutter...
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amother




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Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 12:42 pm
Disclaimer: I don’t read much in the way of books by frum publishers because there are few if any in my public library. But when my dc hear me guffaw, they know I’m reading either Dave Barry or lehavdil Mordechai Schmutter.
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sky




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 12:49 pm
Mordechai schmutters articles are LOL because it’s like he can see onto my home and life.

Same with the kichels. I had a good laugh reading it. I think it takes an honest look at our lives. Problem is my kids didn’t get it. And it isn’t so funny when you have to explain it.
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amother




Burgundy
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 12:51 pm
Good Friend wrote:
Coming back to Earth: The Central Park Guru becomes an old city Jew


I knew him so I guess I don’t think of it as funny. Just fascinating.
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amother




Sapphire
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 1:32 pm
Rappaport 55 was a deep yet hysterical book. I kept laughing throughout but it was also thought-provoking and meaningful. I'm going to read it again.
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amother




Orchid
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:17 pm
A recipe for disaster- An outrageously hilarious novel
By Z.C Berry
I'm not the type to laugh easily at all, but this book has me LOL LOL every time!
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amother




Gray
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:23 pm
Country yossi's "Kayla Kuchleffel" book. I used to literally laugh out loud while I read it.
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lilies




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:40 pm
If someone can help me remember the title, it's a kids book that I surprisingly enjoyed. Haven't enjoyed it enough to recommend but I can't remember the title so it's annoying enough to post Smile
The cover shows a group of boys, sitting in the woods I think, like camping out.
It's about a boy's club.
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lilies




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:43 pm
cbsp wrote:
Dirah Daze

I think the followup was Kitchen Daze

True shaylos that have been asked by bochurim in dorms in EY.


I second MC Millman and Schmutter...


I'd love to read Dirah Daze, who's the publisher?
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amother




Bisque
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 2:57 pm
lilies wrote:
I'd love to read Dirah Daze, who's the publisher?


https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen.....YXW3M
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 3:03 pm
amother [ Orchid ] wrote:
A recipe for disaster- An outrageously hilarious novel
By Z.C Berry
I'm not the type to laugh easily at all, but this book has me LOL LOL every time!


All I remember about this book is how hard I laughed.
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chocolate fondue




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Sep 15 2020, 3:15 pm
I don't know about the funniest book, but Henye Meyer's book 'Fall of the Sun God' (republished as A Stranger to His Brothers) is not intended as a humorous book, but her expressions and humour are funny enough that you want to read them out loud to make others laugh.

Her other book 'Adrenalin Rush' is also amusing, but in a more zany, intentionally funny way.
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