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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Newton man co-authors book on Jewish humor

NEWTON

Have you heard the one about the rabbi?

Twenty-five years ago, two friends published "The Big Book of Jewish Humor," a collection of Jewish humor, from wry social commentary to corny self-deprecating wit.

William Novak of Newton and Moshe Waldoks, a rabbi in Brookline, have just released a new edition of the book.

"It's not uncommon now to find overtly Jewish elements in American culture that perhaps would have been more hidden before. You can say that America has gotten more Jewish and Jews have gotten less so," Waldoks said.

"Jews have gotten more so," countered Novak.

To see video of Waldoks and Novak telling a knee-slapper, go to boston.com's Living page.

-- Linda Matchan

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