Less funny for the Jews than vichyssoise

Though Micah told us that we should

love justice,

then adding that we also should love mercy,
Jason Zinoman in a fatal Forward typo wrote

instead of “Jews love mercy”,

“Jews love “money”.
Because of this they fired him from Forward,

contra letting there be any

concerning comments like

gazpacho police

which, unlike Biden’s Vichyssoise police,

are truly funny.
Bret Stephens’

joke that the

Biden police are far less like


than they are like

is fair, though I give black marks to them,

blacker than the Black Prince,

for their ayatollah-friendly

honi soits.

In “Is It Funny for the Jews? For a cultural critic, a sense of humor is integral to his Jewish identity,” NYT,, 2/17/22, Jason Zinoman writes:

As I mulled over the tension between the twin Jewish traditions of being on guard against antisemitism and of finding humor in it, I thought back to my first adult job, as a copy editor at the Jewish newspaper The Forward in the late 1990s.
One of my responsibilities was typing the hard-copy letters to the editor into the computer system, and in filing one from a woman offering feedback on a story about Hebrew schools, I made a typo. What she wrote in reference to her childhood peers was: “We knew exactly why Micah told us first to do justice, then to love mercy.” In a catastrophic mistake, I transcribed it as: “first to do justice, then to love money.”

Bret Stephens opened a weekly discussion with Gail Collins in “Mitch McConnell Is Part of the Cowardly Lion Wing of the G.O.P.,” NYT. 2/14/22, by capping Marjorie Taylor Greene’s howler of misidentifying the Gestapo with “gazpacho police” by implying that some members of President Biden’s team reminded him of the Vichy regime that collaborated with Hitler, describing them as being Vichyssoise, which is a potato leek soup.

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at