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Two rival businessmen meet in the Warsaw train station. "Where are you going?" says the first man.

"To Minsk," says the second.

"To Minsk, eh? What a nerve you have! I know you're telling me you're going to Minsk because you want me to think that you're really going to Pinsk. But it so happens that I know you really are going to Minsk. So why are you lying to me?"

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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H P
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not funny
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Aug 15, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: people that think Jewish people are hilarious
Shelves: funny
What?! I was moving to the east coast - I thought I should know. And I must say when I dated a Jewish man later I had all the right jokes at all the right times (or maybe I never cracked the cover of this, I don't remember) but I do remember that is indeed a "big book" and for those of you that are interested there is also a Big Book of Italian Humor - which I didn't buy. If anybody can find the Big Book of German humor I would be especially grateful as I feel that my heritage is sadley under ...more
Julie
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: judaism
This book entertained me from elementary school all the way through college. I thought it was so great and so culturally informative, that I recently bought it for a cousin for his bar mitzvah (I'm told he loves it). Alongside the many hilarious jokes is often the history of the jokes and the time period and the culture behind them.
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Shelves: podcasted
Hear an interview about The Big Book of Jewish Humor with co-author Moshe Waldoks on The Book of Life podcast's March 2006 episode at www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com.
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may be the best compilation of Jewish humor so far.
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William Novak (born 1948) is an author who has co-written or ghostwritten numerous celebrity memoirs for people including Lee Iacocca, Nancy Reagan, and Magic Johnson. He is also the editor, with Moshe Waldoks, of The Big Book of Jewish Humor. He has also written several "private" books, which he described in a 2015 essay for The New York Times.

He is the father of actor and writer B. J. Novak.

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