David Bader (writer)

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David M. Bader is the author of such works as "The Book of Murray: The Life, Teachings, and Kvetching of the Lost Prophet (Harmony Books, 2010)," "Haiku U.: From Aristotle to Zola, Great Books in 17 Syllables (Gotham Books, 2004) Haikus for Jews: For You a Little Wisdom (Harmony Books, 1999), Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment (Harmony Books, 2002) and Haiku U.: From Aristotle to Zola, Great Books in 17 Syllables (Gotham Books, 2004). He also wrote How to Be an Extremely Reform Jew (Avon Books, 1994) and has contributed to the Mirth of a Nation humor anthologies . A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former attorney, David M. Bader lives and writes in New York City.

Tom Magliozzi read selections from two of Bader's books, Haikus for Jews and Zen Judaism, on NPR's Car Talk.[1][2]

Excerpts from Bader's books have been widely circulated on the web and in e-mail, in most cases without permission. As William Novak notes in The Big Book of Jewish Humor: 25th Anniversary, "David M. Bader has written several clever little books, including Haikus for Jews. We want to mention his name because for years, his work has been all over the Internet without attribution. (From Bader’s Zen Judaism, we offer you this gem: 'If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?')[3][4]


  1. ^ http://www.cartalk.com/content/haikus-jews-0
  2. ^ http://www.cartalk.com/content/zen-judaism
  3. ^ Novak, William; Waldoks, Moshe (2006). The Big Book of Jewish Humor: 25th Anniversary. HarperCollins. p. xvii. ISBN 978-0-06-113813-3. 
  4. ^ William Novak and Moshe Waldoks, "All in the Timing," The Jewish Week, March 19, 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 

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