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The Jewish joke, as it is known today, has its origin in the humor of Yiddish speaking Jews in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe. It developed from the specific conditions of Jewish lebenwelten (worlds of lived experience), as well as those of the Hebrew language, and it became the locus for the negotiation of social conflicts by comedic means. With its proliferation among acculturated Jews in Western Europe and in the …

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Jelavich, Peter, “Jokes”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_01114>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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