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Aleph Your Punch Lines

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Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (provided he or she emails me at with his or her mailing address).

This week’s winner gave what I thought was the funniest and most original (i.e., I didn’t also see it on Twitter) punch-line when I noted that Natalie Portman reportedly named her son “Aleph.” It is “Max,” who wrote: “Special image-only entry:”

“Max” gets a copy of Resurrecting Hebrew, by Ilan Stavans, because perhaps nobody since Stavans (or since Ben-Yehuda!) has done more to resurrect Hebrew than Ms. Portman. Unless she ends up destroying it.

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In defense of Natalie, I thought it was a good start for a beginning.

Dan Klein says:

Maybe it isn’t so much a name as a promise, 1 down, 21 to go. Soon all Jews will be descended from Natalie “as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” So we got that to look forward too.

You can’t be serious–no offense to Max, but JSA’s quip was orders of magnitude funnier. Was it cribbed from Twitter, or something?

Danya says:

It wasn’t cribbed from Twitter.  It was cribbed from the Israel HaYom
article published on 6/16, when the news actually broke:

“Alef, like the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, not Alf, like the
friendly alien on the eponymous American television show.”

I was referring to JSA’s “future seventh child” quip…


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