Humor and Women in the Hebrew Bible and in Judaism – a Framework and Some Examples

In this short essay, I shall excuse myself from defining ‘humor’, and not only because its definition is more elusive than its recognition. I shall do so also because—although it is time- and place- and situation bound—most people, scholars included, would agree that jokes, witticisms, certain sound and word plays, comedy and the comic, farce, grotesque, caricature, even irony, anything that produces laughter or even the slightest smile of recognition, falls under humor. Furthermore, there is agreement that beyond the physical reaction there exists a social and educational value that is made possible by the process of release humor sets into motion. Having said all that, three lines will be pursued in parallel fashion here. Let me introduce them, to begin with.

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