The Night Before Chanukah,
Ya Gatta Know Some Yiddish for this or skip to next joke!
Twas the night before Chanukah, boychicks and maidels
Not a sound could be heard, not even the draidels.
The Menorah was set on the chimney, alight
In the kitchen the Bubba hut gechlept a bite.
Salami, pastrami, a glessala tay
And zayerah pickles with bagels, oy vay!
Gezunt and geschmack, the kinderlech felt
While dreaming of tagelach and Chanukah gelt.
The clock on the mantlepiece away was tickin'
And Bubba was serving a schtickala chicken.
A tumult arose like a thousand brauches,
Santa had fallen and broken his tuches.
I put on my slippers, eins, tsvay, drei,
While Bubba was now on the herring and rye.
I grabbed for my bathrobe and buttoned my gotkes
While Bubba was busy devouring the latkes.
To the window I ran and to my surprise
A little red yarmulka greeted my eyes.
Then he got to the door and saw the Menorah,
"Yiddishe kinder," he said, "Kenehora.
I thought I was in a goisha hoise,
But as long as I'm here, I'll leave a few toys."
With much gesshray, I asked, "Du bist a Yid?"
"Avada, mein numen is Schlimey Claus, kid."
"Come into the kitchen;, I'll get you a dish,
A guppell, & a schtickala fish."
With smacks of delilght, he started his fressen,
Chopped liver, knaidlach and kreplah gegessen.
Along with his meal, he had a few schnapps,
When it came to eating, this boy was the tops.
He asked for some knishes with pepper and salt,
But they were so hot, he yelled "Oy Gevalt".
Unbuttoning his haizen, he rose from the tisch,
And said, "Your Kosher essen is simply delish."
As he went to the door, he said, "I'll see you
I'll be back next Pesach, in time for the Seder."
More rapid than eagles his prancers they came,
As he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Izzy, now Morris, now Yitzak, now Sammy,
Now Irving and Maxie, and Moishe and Mannie."
He gave a gesshray as he drove out of sight:
"Gooten Yomtov to all, and to all a good night"
Continuing the current trend of large-scale mergers and acquisitions, it
was announced today at a press conference that Christmas and Chanukah
An industry source said that the deal had been in the works for about
1300 years, ever since the rise of the Muslim empire. While details
were not available at press time, it is believed that the overhead cost
of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Chanukah was
becoming prohibitive for both sides.
By combining forces, we're told, the world will be able to enjoy
consistently high-quality service during the Fifteen Days of
Chrisnukah, as the new holiday is being called.
Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids-a-milking
being the hardest hit. As part of the conditions, of the agreement, the
letters on the dreydl, currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin,
thus becoming unintelligible to a wider audience. Also, instead of
translating to "A great miracle happened there," the message on the
dreydl will be the more generic "Miraculous stuff happens."
In exchange, it is believed that Jews will be allowed to use Santa Claus
and his vast merchandising resources for buying and delivering their
gifts. In fact, one of the sticking points holding up the agreement for
at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children
could leave milk and cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for
dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared
to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this.
A spokesman for Christmas, Inc., declined to say whether a takeover of
Kwanzaa might not be in the works as well. He merely pointed out that,
were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between
Christmas and Chanukah might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of
the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa
will help to maintain the competitive balance.
He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing
rendition of "Oy, Come All Ye Faithful."
Moreover, Chrisnukah has been declared Y2K compliant, which was the
final straw in forcing the closing of the merger deal.
Webster's New Jewish-English Entries
MINYASTICS n. Going to incredible lengths and troubles to find a tenth
person to complete a minyan.
FEELAWFUL n. Indigestion from eating Israeli Street food.
JEWBILATION n. Pride in finding out that one's favorite celebrity is
TORAHFIED n. Inability to remember one's lines when called to read from
the Torah at one's Bar or Bat mitzvah.
MATZILATION n. Smashing a piece of matzo to bits while trying to butter
BLINTZKRIEG n. A late-night assault on the refrigerator in search of
leftovers even though "I won't be able to eat for a week!".
Particularly common 4-6 hours after special occasion gluttony.
BUBBIEGUM n. Candy one's mother gives to her grandchildren that she never
gave to her own children.
CHUTZPAPA n. A father who wakes his wife at 4:00 a.m. so she can change
the baby's diaper.
DEJA NU n. Having the feeling you've seen the same exasperated look on
your mother's face but not knowing exactly when.
DISKVELLIFIED vb. To drop out of law school, medical school or business
school, as seen through the eyes of parents, grandparents, and Uncle Sid.
DISORIYENTA n. When Aunt Sadie gets lost in a department store and
up a conversation with everyone she passes.
GOYFER n. A Gentile messenger.
HEBORKT vb. To forget all the Hebrew one ever learned immediately after
one's Bar Mitzvah
JEWDO n. A traditional form of self defense based on talking one's way
out of a tight spot.
MAMATZAH BALLS n. Matzo balls that are as good as mother used to make.
MEINSTEIN slang. "My son, the genius."
MISHPOCHAMARKS n. The assorted
lipstick and make-up stains found on one's
face and collar after kissing all one's aunts and cousins at a
RE-SHTETLEMENT n. Moving from Brooklyn to Miami and finding all your old
neighbors live in the same condo as you.
ROSH HASHANANA n. A rock 'n roll band from Brooklyn.
SANTASHMANTA n. The explanation Jewish children get for when they
celebrate Hanukkah while the rest of humanity celebrates Christmas.
YIDENTIFY vb. To be able to determine ethnic origins of celebrities even
though their names might be St. John, Curtis, Davis, or Taylor.
In Honor Of The World Series Champs!
Two buddies Morris and Earl were two of the biggest baseball fans in America.
For their entire adult lives, Morris and Earl discussed baseball history in
the winter and they pored over every box score during the season. They
went to 60 games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would
try to come back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven.
One fall night, Morris passed away in his sleep after watching the Yankees
victory earlier in the evening. He died happy. A few nights later, his
buddy Earl awoke to the sound of Bob's voice from beyond. Morris is that
you?" Earl asked.
"Of course it me," Morris replied.
"This is unbelievable!" Earl exclaimed. "So tell me, is there baseball in
"Well I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want
to hear first?"
"Tell me the good news first."
"Well, the good news is that, yes, there is baseball in heaven, Earl."
"Oh, that is wonderful! So what could possibly be the bad news?"
"You're pitching tomorrow night."
The Jewish Parrot
Meyer, a lonely widower, was walking home along Delancy Street one
day wishing something wonderful would happen into his life when he
passed a pet store and heard a squawking voice shouting out in
"Quawwwwk...vus macht du...yeah, you...outside, standing like a
Meyer rubbed his eyes and ears. He couldn't believe it! He stood in
front of an African Grey parrot that cocked his little head and said:
"Vus? Kenst reddin Yiddish?"
Meyer turned excitedly to the store owner. "The parrot speaks
"What did you expect? Chinese maybe?"
In a matter of moments, Meyer paid five hundred dollars and carried
the parrot in his cage away with him. All night he talked with the
parrot in Yiddish. He told the parrot about his father's adventures
coming to America. About how beautiful his mother was when she was a
young bride. About his family. About his years of working in the garment
center. About Florida. The parrot listened and commented. They shared
some walnuts. The parrot told him of living in the pet store, how he
hated the weekends. They both went to sleep.
Next morning, Meyer began saying his prayers. The parrot demanded to know
what he was doing and when Meyer explained, the parrot wanted to pray
too. Meyer went out and hand-made a miniature yamulke for the parrot. The
parrot wanted to learn to read Hebrew so Meyer spent weeks and months,
sitting and teaching the parrot, teaching him Torah. In time, Meyer came
to love and count on the parrot as a friend and a Jew. He was lonely no
One morning, on Rosh Hashona, Meyer rose and got dressed and was
about to leave when the parrot demanded to go with him. Meyer
explained that a synagogue was not place for a bird but the parrot
made a terrific argument and was carried to the synagogue on Meyer's
Needless to say, they made quite a spectacle, and Meyer was
questioned by everyone, including the Rabbi. At first, he refused to
allow a bird into the building on the High Holy Days but Meyer convinced
him to let him in this one time, swearing that parrot could pray. Wagers
were made with Meyer. Thousands of dollars were bet (even odds) that the
parrot could NOT pray, could not speak Yiddish or Hebrew, etc.
All eyes were on the African Grey during services. The parrot perched on
Meyer's shoulder as one prayer and song passed - Meyer heard not a peep
from the bird. He began to become annoyed, slapping at his shoulder and
mumbling under his breath, "Pray already!"
The parrot said nothing.
"Pray...parrot, you can pray, so pray...come on, everybody's looking at
The parrot said nothing.
After Rosh Hashanah services were concluded, Meyer found that he owed his
synagogue buddies and the Rabbi over four thousand dollars. He marched
home, monumentally ticked off, saying nothing Finally several blocks from
the temple the bird began to sing an old Yiddish song and was happy as a
lark. Meyer stopped and looked at him.
"You miserable bird, you cost me over four thousand dollars. Why?
After I taught you the morning prayers, and taught you to read Hebrew and
the Torah. And after you begged me to bring you to a synagogue on Rosh
Hashona, why? Why did you do this to me?"
"Don't be a schmendricks," the parrot replied. "Think of the odds on Yom
Instructions found on merchandise.....
On a helmet mounted mirror used by US cyclists -
REMEMBER, OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE ACTUALLY BEHIND YOU.
On a Taiwanese shampoo -
USE REPEATEDLY FOR SEVERE DAMAGE.
On the bottle-top of a (UK) flavoured milk drink -
AFTER OPENING, KEEP UPRIGHT.
On a New Zealand insect spray -
THIS PRODUCT NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.
In a US guide to setting up a new computer -
TO AVOID CONDENSATION FORMING, ALLOW THE BOXES TO WARM UP TO ROOM
TEMPERATURE BEFORE OPENING.
(Sensible, but the instruction was INSIDE the
On a Japanese product used to relieve painful hemorrhoids -
LIE DOWN ON BED AND INSERT POSCOOL SLOWLY UP TO THE PROJECTED PORTION LIKE
A SWORD-GUARD INTO ANAL DUCT. WHILE INSERTING POSCOOL FOR APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES, KEEP QUIET.
In some countries, on the bottom of Coke bottles -
OPEN OTHER END.
On a packet of Sunmaid raisins -
WHY NOT TRY TOSSING OVER YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL?
On a Sears hairdryer -
DO NOT USE WHILE SLEEPING.
On a bag of Fritos -
YOU COULD BE A WINNER! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. DETAILS INSIDE.
(The shoplifter special!)
On a bar of Dial soap -
DIRECTIONS - USE LIKE REGULAR SOAP.
(And that would be how?)
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom of the box) -
DO NOT TURN UPSIDE DOWN.
(Too late! You lose!)
On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding -
PRODUCT WILL BE HOT AFTER HEATING.
(Are you sure? Let's experiment.)
On a Korean kitchen knife -
WARNING KEEP OUT OF CHILDREN.
On a string of Chinese-made Christmas lights -
FOR INDOOR OR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.
(As opposed to use in outer space?)
On a Japanese food processor -
NOT TO BE USED FOR THE OTHER USE.
(Now I'm curious.)
On Sainsbury's peanuts -
WARNING - CONTAINS NUTS.
(Really? And that's bad why?)
On an American Airlines packet of nuts -
INSTRUCTIONS - OPEN PACKET, EAT NUTS.
(I'm glad they cleared that up.)
On a child's superman costume -
WEARING OF THIS GARMENT DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO FLY.
(That's right, destroy a universal childhood fantasy!)
On a blanket from Taiwan -
NOT TO BE USED AS PROTECTION FROM A TORNADO.
Snappy comebacks to
the old question,
"Why aren't you married yet?"
You haven't asked yet.
I was hoping to do something meaningful with my life.
Nobody would believe me in white.
Because I just love hearing this question.
Just lucky, I guess.
It gives my mother something to live for.
My fiance is awaiting parole.
I'm still hoping for a shot at Miss/Mr. America.
Do you know how hard it is to get two tickets to Miss Saigon?
I'm waiting until I get to be your age.
It didn't seem worth a blood test.
I already have enough laundry to do, thank you.
I wouldn't want my parents to drop dead from sheer happiness.
What? And lose all the money I've invested in running personal ads?
I don't want to have to support another person on my paycheck.
Why aren't you thin?
Quickies on Marriage
Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when
they try to decide which one.
"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets,
the more interested he is in her." -- Agatha Christie
"Marriage: A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and
through the nose of the gentleman." -- Herbert Spencer
A recent survey shows that the most common form of marriage proposal these
days consists of the words: "You're WHAT???"
Not all men are fools. Some are bachelors.
Some women marry men thinking they'd be real comforters, only to discover
they were merely wet blankets.
Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a
State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to
himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on
his lights and pulls the driver over.
Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies--two in
the front seat and three in the back--wide eyed and white as ghosts. The
driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I
was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"
"Ma'am," the officer replies, "You weren't speeding, but you should know
that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other
"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit
exactly... Twenty-two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly.
The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her
that "22" was the route number, not the speed limit.
A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing
out her error. "But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask... Is
everyone in this car okay? These women seem awfully shaken and they
haven't muttered a single peep this whole time," the officer asks.
"Oh, they'll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119."
Another Parrot Joke
A guy named David received a parrot for his birthday.
The parrot was fully grown, with a bad attitude and
worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive.
Those that weren't expletives were, to say the least,
rude. David tried hard to change the bird's attitude
and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft
music, anything he could think of to try and set a
Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird and the bird
yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got
more angry and more rude. Finally, in a moment of
desperation, David put the parrot in the freezer.
For a few moments he heard the bird squawk and kick
and scream. Then suddenly there was quiet. Not a
sound for half a minute.
David was frightened that he might have hurt the bird
and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot
calmly stepped out onto David's extended arm and
said, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude
language and actions. I will endeavor at once to
correct my behavior. I really am truly sorry and beg
David was astonished at the bird's change in attitude
and was about to ask what had made such a dramatic
change when the parrot continued, "May I ask what the
These useful quotes were reportedly taken from actual federal employee
1. Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom - and has
started to dig.
2. Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in
3. When she opens her mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.
4. This young lady has delusions of competency.
5. He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve
6. This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
7. This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better.
8. A gross ignoramus -- 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.
9. He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.
10. When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.
Enough is Enough!!
Now It is Time For You To Send Us YOUR Favorite Joke.
from the December 1999 Edition of the Jewish Magazine