Yonatan Levi is an attorney living in Englewood, N.J., and a weekly humor columnist for the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to columnists@cjn.org.

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For many decades, no Jewish celebration was complete without a professional photographer to record every precious moment. This was before the advent of the smartphone, a device that has annoyingly turned every user into an amateur shutterbug. But a smartphone does not an Annie Leibovitz make…

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In the Jewish world, and possibly the secular world, too, there is a growing trend toward having large, epic engagement parties. These are pre-wedding soirees meant to celebrate those who, like a sailor working on a clove hitch or a Boy Scout perfecting a sheet bend, have decided to tie the …

Let’s begin with the obvious: there is absolutely nothing funny about anti-Semitism and it should never be the topic of a humor article. That is an absolute rule with no exceptions and is completely non-negotiable. That said, if it is true that anti-Semitism is verboten in humor, then is the…

Many Jews subscribe to the belief and harbor the hope that the Beit Hamikdash will one day be rebuilt. One might wonder, from a practical standpoint, exactly how design and construction would be accomplished.

In the world of entertainment, there have been many shows and movies about a pair of cops, like “Starsky & Hutch” in 1970s, “Cagney & Lacey” in the 1980s, “Tango & Cash” in the 1990s and “Rizzoli & Isles” in the 2010s. In those action-packed series, the lead characters are co…

If someone offered you a sandwich of greasy, layered meat that had been slowly spinning and cooking for hours adjacent a low flame, you might think twice. But if someone offered you some shawarma, you likely would not have to think at all.

Many Jews enjoy eating different forms of cream. They often eat cream cheese (especially with bagels), sour cream (especially with borscht) and, of course, the ubiquitous, crowd-pleasing ice cream (especially for dessert at a bar/bar mitzvah). But even though many Jews love a frozen treat, i…

At Jewish celebrations, the hora is danced in a series of concentric circles, with the guests of honor typically in the center. As the circles spin round and round, guests in the outer circles angle and compete for the coveted center status.

Many Jews light candles, but not all use a pricket. Many Jews drink wine, but not all use a flasket. And many Jews enjoy eating meat, but not all eat a brisket. That said, a large percentage of carnivorous Jews delight in devouring brisket, whether served on a plate, in a sandwich or simply …

It is fair to say that anyone who sends a timely and sincere thank-you card after receiving a gift, clearly has menschy manners. Such authoring of appreciation is a classy gesture oozing with etiquette and pulsating with politeness. When you put in writing that a gift is gratifying, you show…