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Starting with the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges, passing through the neurotic comedic genius of Woody Allen and getting to the present comedic scene where actors like Sarah Silverman, Hudd Apatow and Andy Samberg are among the best in comedy. The question is – how come there have been and still are so many Jews in comedy? There are several possible reasons and explanations of why there are so many Jews in American comedy.

First of all, the fact that Jews in America are a very small and white minority as compared to the Christians and Catholics, so in order to deal with the fact that Christianity is on every corner, in every movie and the Christian holidays are so widely commercialized and celebrated could be the reason for the American Jews to feel a little overwhelmed. The best way to deal with this situation is through humor.

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Another possible reason for the Jewish comedy phenomenon in the US could be the Tikkun Olam Jewish learning. It translates as “to repair the world. Jews believe that they can repair the world by doing good things, helping the less fortunate and striving toward living a more fulfilling life, since Judaism stresses on the importance of this life, rather than the afterlife. And what better way to make the world and life better – than some humor? Jewish people believe they are the “Chosen ones” who are put on earth to make it a better place. Judaism doesn’t involve the aggressive conversion, and in fact if someone is willing to convert to Judaism there is a very strict policy of three refusals and a number of other requirements before the process of conversion can begin. This factor makes the Jewish community tighter, and no doubt requires some humor to cope with.

In fact, the latter is another possible reason for the strong presence of Jews in US comedy. The fact that the community is very much smaller than the overwhelming Christian community in America has made them stick with each other and to try to politely refuse all invitations to join the mass American religion and be like the Christian Americans. Relenting to humor is a good way to deal with this overwhelming difference in the traditions, holidays, food and other parts of the Jewish life.

Also, if you have noticed the Jewish comic artists most commonly rely on the excessive talking, and excessive talking is in many cases caused by nervousness. Living as a tiny minority which is so different than the majority of people around you can definitely cause this kind of nervousness.

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After years of surveying of Jewish people living around the globe, and asking what the number one reason is for feeling great to be Jewish, here are the 10 most common answers:

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  1. The Jewish community is an extraordinary one, with an extraordinary history. The history of Judaism started 3,500 years ago, which makes it one of the oldest religions in the world. Today, there are more than 14 million Jews living all around the world. The fundamentals of Judaism have set the basis for the fundamental concepts in our civilization, such as the ten commandments, the 7 day week concept with Sabbath being a day for rest, the close integration between religious practice and the ethics of everyday life, are just a few.
  2. The value system of the Jewish community. As the Hillel rulings say “Do not do to others what is hateful to you” which is the basis of the Jewish and later on – the Christian value systems. Jewish people believe in human compassion, honesty and justice.
  3. Freedom and self-esteem. Judaism stresses on the importance of personal freedom, which is most evident at the oldest celebration of freedom in the world – Passover. Historically, Jews have been fighting for their freedom and have led such struggles against various oppressors.
  4. Judaism makes life more meaningful. The traditions, celebrations and beliefs of Judaism addresses the important things in life, including: the importance of family and human connection, as well as the anguish of suffering and the mysteries of love. The purpose of life and the questions about death.
  5. Family life for Jews. The family is the center point of all Jewish traditions, rituals and observance of holidays. One good example of keeping the family close is the tradition of Shabbat, when the family gets together on Friday night and celebrates Shabbat with a special meal.
  6. The belief that good deeds tip the worlds’ balance between evil and good toward the good side. Jewish people are required to help the people with less money by giving one tenth of their income for Tzedakah (charity).
  7. Tikkun Olamrepairing the world. Jews place a greater importance on the actual life and the constant striving to make life better and just. Since Judaism doesn’t emphasize the importance of the afterlife, but rather the importance of this life.
  8. The Jewish community. Judaism is very much a communal religion. Jews pray together, and there is even a requirement which requires that the prayer is said by at least 10 people (Minyan).
  9. The Jewish holidays. Filled with meaningful liturgies, community, family, delicious food and love, Jewish holidays are being observed closely by the Jewish people, and all the traditions of these holidays and celebration are meticulously being passed over from one generation to the next.
  10. Positive thinking. Having positive thinking, saying blessings before each meal and thanking God when one sees a rainbow are traditions which make Jews more positive.
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