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Seriously Speaking: Interview with Yoely Lebovits

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It’s Purim time and who knows more about simchah than the Pester Rebbe aka Yoely Lebovits? This world-renowned badchan and comedian shows us there’s more to humor than meets the eye.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Seriously, when did you figure out you were funny?

My parents divorced when I was young. My siblings realized early on that humor would help us get through it. If we all laughed until our stomachs hurt it would be better pain than the one we were going through.

As I grew, I saw lots of people suffering, and I saw I could make them happy, change their lives. I had a few rebbis in cheder who realized my gift and encouraged me, with warnings that I should make sure not to hurt people. My father shlita also encouraged me saying, “Making a Yid happy is the biggest mitzvah, even bigger than making him do teshuvah. Every Yid needs simchah.”

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