BDE: Jackie Mason, Former MTJ Talmid, Passed Away at 93


Jewish standup comedian Jackie Mason passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday night. Mason was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1931 to immigrant parents from Belarus.

Mason’s death was reported by The New York Times as told to them by his lawyer Raoul Felder. He died at a hospital in Manhattan on Saturday. No cause of death was given.

Mason was a Tony and Emmy winner famous for his one-man shows on Broadway, and for playing the voice of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, or Krusty the Clown’s dad, on “The Simpsons.”

The irascible Mason was known for his sharp wit and piercing social commentary, often about the differences between Jews and gentiles, men and women and his own inadequacies. His typical style was amused outrage.

May his memory be a blessing.

Several videos below:


  1. His brother, Rabbi Bernard Maza, was a local Rav in Kew Gardens Hills when I was growing up there. Very chashuv man. He had a learning program for Queens College students that I attended.

  2. Today I feel much older than I had felt before.
    Latest news informs us that Jackie Mason died
    at age 93.
    My wife and I wed on June 29 of 1961, and the first
    week of our married life was spent at the Nevele Hotel
    in the Catskills. It was a wonderful and to us an opulent
    place full of young Jewish couples entering their new lives,
    just as Bernice and I did. Good Jewish food was served in
    huge quantities by Jewish waiters, kids starting out in
    life and having the time of their lives.
    In addition to dance classes, swimming lessons and tennis,
    every night in the the elegant and “sexy” nightclub, we
    were entertained by the recently discovered talent who
    made their way from the bright lights of Broadway to the
    Borsht Belt to try out their material and pick up a few bucks.
    One night, we were exposed to a new comic with a rapid-fire
    delivery, tinged by a sort-of-Yiddish inflection and a wicked
    take on the world around him.
    I killed myself laughing!
    Jackie Mason was 33!
    I never forgot that experience, nor his name.

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