Types of Jewish humour

Jewish humor

Jewish humour is the long tradition of humour in Judaism dating back to the Torah and the Midrash from the ancient mid-east, but generally refers to the more recent stream of verbal, self-deprecating, crude, and often anecdotal humour originating in Eastern Europe and which took root in the United States over the last hundred years, Continue reading

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The biggest Jewish genetic myths of all time

Jewish genetic myths

We’ve all heard the generalizations and stereotypes. Moment takes a closer look at some of the persistent rumors to find out the truth.

Though many now believe the idea is passe, the thorny question of what constitutes race–or if it even exists–is fraught with political, economic and social implications. The concept largely came into being in the 17th century as colonizing Europeans began to classify humans based on physical differences such as skin color, head shape, hair texture and eye color. Continue reading

Edgardo Mortara: The kidnaped Jewish boy.


Edgardo Mortara as an adult and Augustine Order priest (right) and his mother (seated).

Edgardo Mortara (Bologna, in Italy, August 27, 1851 – Liège, in Belgium, March 11, 1940) was a Jewish boy who became the center of an international controversy when he was kidnapped from his Jewish parents by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Roman Catholic. He later became a Roman Catholic priest. The seizure of the boy followed his emergency baptism by a domestic servant during a serious infantile illness. Continue reading