A Serious Study of Jewish Humor

posted Mar 17, 2015, 2:33 PM by Farah Karimi   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 10:05 AM by Linda Weiser Friedman ]
From the New York Jewish Week:  There’s a lot of laughter at Baruch College this year, and it’s coming from the classroom of a professor of statistics & computer information systems. The new course is “Jewish Humor,” which attempts “to walk the fine line between scholarship and playfulness.” The teacher is Linda Weiser Friedman, co-author — with her husband, Hershy Friedman, a professor of business at Brooklyn College — of “God Laughed: Sources of Jewish Humor” (Transaction). On the eve of Purim, a Jewish holiday that celebrates humor, The Jewish Week caught up with Friedman by email. This is an edited transcript of the interview.