The Talmudic and Mystical Roots of Jewish Humor

Aug. 20 2021

Jews played, and continue to play, a major role in the history of American comedy, and Jewish humor has been a much-discussed topic at least since Sigmund Freud wrote Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. But while many assume the Jewish penchant for jest is a modern and perhaps secular phenomenon, Sarah Rindner points to its ancient and religious roots:

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More about: Jewish humor, Judaism, Kabbalah, Talmud

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy