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Can a Joke Be Dangerous?

When does a joke about the Jewish people stop being funny and become offensive? A podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host Michael Che on February 20, 2021. (Screen capture/YouTube)
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host Michael Che on February 20, 2021. (Screen capture/YouTube)

When does a joke stop being funny and become offensive and even dangerous? Many in the Jewish community are asking this question after Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che chided Israel’s claim to 50% vaccination success saying, “I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.”

In this episode of the For Heaven’s Sake podcast, Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi and Elana Stein Hain discuss whether Jews are being overly sensitive, or whether we need to recognize that with attention will come criticism, and possibly jokes.

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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