About this event:
Humor is no laughing matter. It is helpful in mental, physical and emotional health. Although the form is light, the content deals with the most important aspects of life which are all part of the human comedy. This presentation will show how humor can depict lifestyles, values and beliefs. In the eight or nine hundred years since the birth of the Yiddish language, there has accumulated a rich heritage of oral and written folk literature. The stories, passed on from generation to generation, often represented the humorous views of life. The roots of this tradition came primarily from the ghettos and shtetls of Eastern Europe, where the literature borrowed heavily from folk sayings, folk wisdom, and above all, folk humor. It was this tradition of bitter-sweet humor, for example, that was the inspiration for “Fiddler on the Roof”. Mike Fefferman will offer many examples to highlight the development and ethnic quality of Jewish storytelling and humor; he will include examples from the works of Sholem Aleichem, Sam Levenson, and others.