is it OK to make fun of ourselves?
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January 13, 2011 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #594165mikehall12382Member
Is it OK to poke fun of ourselves? I was just reading on another website about some of the threads found here in the Coffee Room…Is this ok? The commentator seemed to be taking a small jab at the conversations here. Is this in bad taste or against Halacha in any way? Is someone talking about it from the outside inappropriate? Curious on peoples thoughts….January 13, 2011 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #727795eclipseMember
Those people are making fun of OTHERS not themselves.January 13, 2011 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #727797
It is permissible (not advisable) to poke fun at oneself, so long as others are not included, as a blanket statement.January 13, 2011 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm #727798nfgo3Member
I would not be surprised if there is halachic authority requiring us to “make fun of” ourselves. Are there any halachic authorities out there who can address this authoritatively?January 13, 2011 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm #727799dunnoMember
Wouldn’t it fall under the category of saying lashon hara about oneself? I’m remembering the famous Chofetz Chaim story…January 13, 2011 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm #727800
The story of the Holy Chafetz Chaim was not ?????. There is NO issur to talk derogetory about oneself. The only point is that if others don’t know that it’s about yourself (as in the case of the Chafetz Chaim, they didn’t know he was the Chafetz Chaim), one may be guilty of ??? or ???? ???.January 13, 2011 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm #727801not IMember
Well doesn’t the Navardoker derech involve lowering yourself in the eyes of others..
Asking for nails in the bakery and bread in the butcher..
But really derogatory, I thought that was ossur acc to the Ch’Ch..January 13, 2011 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm #727803Avram in MDParticipant
Lightly poking fun at oneself in order to “break the ice” or otherwise relax a conversation or audience, or to reflect true humility is one thing.
Self-insulting, which lowers one’s stature in his own eyes as well as others, can cause a person to not try as hard to reach their potential, or it may reflect low self-esteem.
A Rav joking with a person who forgot to bring his sefer to the shiur by saying that he would be likely to do the same thing is poking fun at himself in order to make the student feel better.
A student saying to himself, “I’m stupid and not cut out for this anyway, so why study?” is selling himself short.January 13, 2011 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm #727804nfgo3Member
Yochie: Your mix of alphabets in the last 4 words of your post is curious. Why would you separate two words written in Hebrew by the English conjunction “or”?January 13, 2011 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #727805eclipseMember
Avram in MD–terrific!January 14, 2011 2:01 am at 2:01 am #727806
Now it’s someone else your making fun of!
The reason is because I’m writing in English.
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