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->''"Jews don't sing and pray. They complain. And eat."''
-->--'''Tom Levitt''', ''Series/{{Smash}}''

''All right, all '''right'''! [[DescribeTopicHere I'll describe Jewish Complaining here already!]] There, are you '''happy''' now?''

Jews have a long, proud history of whining and complaining (aka, "kvetching"), or at least [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi the Ashkenazi do]]. They will complain about many things, in many forms, whether it's {{Hypochondria}} ([[TerrifiedOfGerms Oh God, can you catch something from writing that?]]), having to go to work, having to come home from work, [[AllJewsAreCheapskates paying too much for something]], paying too little for something and worrying it's not good, their friends' bad habits, their friends' good habits, their {{Jewish Mother}}s thinking they aren't good enough, or the mothers themselves thinking their children aren't good enough.

This is TruthInTelevision, and is actually joked about [[SelfDeprecation more among Jews themselves]] than anyone who's ever been prejudiced against them. Heck, if you see a TV show with Jewish people being big whiners, it's more than likely [[YouHaveToHaveJews a Jew wrote those parts]].

[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness But when things get truly serious, the complaining tends to die down as they get more somber.]] This comes from the actual history of the habit: superstitious Jews believed showing happiness or satisfaction brought the Evil Eye, so they complained to ward off the demon world. Actual misfortune "fills the need" for misfortune in keeping demons away, and may well already have been caused by a demon, so why ward them off when they're already here?

JewsLoveToArgue is a SisterTrope. Hey, a lot of arguing among Jews is often just them complaining about each other at the same time.

The Greeks do this too: it is called ''gana''.

Compare SicklyNeuroticGeek.



[[folder: Comics ]]

* Vladek the main character in ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'' does complain a lot in the [[FramingDevice present day]].
* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': Ives often complains about changes made to the franchises he follows, and the entire reason he puts up with Tim's girlfriend Ariana seems to be that he loves arguing with her just on principal. He does mellow out a bit in this regard by the time he's a senior in high school and amusingly his family is incredibly mellow and quick to diffuse situations rather than argue.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' uses this as the final test the "Jewish Justice League" has to gain entrance, seen above. [[spoiler:It also turns out to be part of a Jew's ultimate weapon]].
* Creator/WoodyAllen was famous for his characters doing this. In ''Film/AnnieHall'' he tells a Jewish joke that he believes summarizes life: "Two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of 'em says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know, and such small portions.'" Thus, Jews will complain about everything, even if they want more of it.
* In ''The Sunshine Boys'', George Burns and Walter Matthau play old vaudevillians. They're each a GrumpyOldMan, but the AlterKocker is the grumpier.
* Mushnik in ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' (and the recursive adaptation ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'').


[[folder: Jokes ]]

* A businessman is on his way home after a long day of work, looking forward to a peaceful train ride where he can quietly read his paper. He boards the train and finds an empty seat across from an Orthodox Jewish man. As the train starts, he settles in and begins to read his paper. Suddenly, he hears from the Jewish man across from him, "Oy, am I thirsty! Oy, am I thirsty!" The businessman thinks nothing of it and continues reading, yet the Jewish man goes on, "Oy, am I thirsty! Oy, am I thirsty!" Finally, the businessman becomes so adjitated that he throws down his paper, goes to the next car, retrieves a cup of water and gives it to the Jewish man. The Jewish man thanks him, drinks the water and sighs, his thirst quenched. The businessman settles back down to read his paper, but before he can... [[spoiler:"[[HereWeGoAgain Oy, was I thirsty! Oy, was I thirsty!]]"]]
* A Jewish man in a hospital tells the doctor he wants to be transferred to a different hospital.\\
The doctor says "What's wrong? Is it the food?"\\
"No, the food is fine. I can't kvetch."\\
"Is it the room?"\\
"No, the room is fine. I can't kvetch."\\
"Is it the staff?"\\
"No, everyone on the staff is fine. I can't kvetch."\\
"Then why do you want to be transferred?"\\
"I can't kvetch!"
* Well, it's happened. America has finally elected its first Jewish President of the United States. So he invites his mother to the inauguration. She says, "But, bubele, how the heck am I going to get there? My car is broken down and whatnot!" So the President tells her, "Ma, don't worry about it. I'll get Air Force One to take you." But then the mother says, "Oiy, I'll need to catch a taxi and carry my luggage. It's just too much!" So he says, "Mom! I'm the President! I'll pick you up in my limo! Then my guards will carry your luggage for you!" But the mother says, "But finding a hotel is gonna be extremely expensive!" So the President replies, "Ma, you can just stay with me in the White House."\\
So the next morning, it's Inauguration Day. The President's mother is talking to the person next to her and she says, "You see that man? The one with his hand on the Bible? His brother's a doctor."
* An old woman and her grandson are at the beach, when suddenly, the grandson goes way too far out in the ocean. She says to the lifeguards, "Please, save my son! He can't swim out that far!" So the lifeguards save him and give him CPR, but the grandmother says to them, "He had a hat."

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Estelle Costanza complains about everything, which leads to arguments with her Roman Catholic husband Frank who complains just as much. Helen Seinfeld complains about Jerry's career as a comedian, thinking that there isn't much money in it (despite plenty of evidence to the contrary). As a consequence she constantly sends his gifts back and he in turn will not accept money from them.
** [[OneSceneWonder Despite only appearing in one episode for two scenes]], the mohel is one of the best examples in the entire series. Not one minute after arriving at a house for a bris, he delivers ''FOUR'' long, complaining rants, in the span of about two minutes.
* In ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', Larry David complains about things even when it's socially unacceptable to do so. Susie Greene is the queen of this trope, however. She spends her whole time calling Larry a 'bald-headed freak' and her husband Jeff a 'fat fuck' because they do something that annoys her and she finds out about it.
* [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] loves joking about this, usually with some overlap into JewsLoveToArgue. ("Black people have blues music, while Jews complain. We just never thought about putting it to music.")
** Hilariously used when Jon Stewart [[AGlassInTheHand sliced his hand open]] while parodying Anthony Weiner's press conference.
--->'''John Oliver:''' You're fine! Stop being so fucking Jewish about it! (''Jon Stewart [[ActuallyPrettyFunny starts laughing]]'')
* Ross Geller from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is sometimes criticized from being too whiny. He realizes this when he starts a relationship with Janice (who's considered to be the most annoying woman in the world by the gang) and ''she'' breaks up with him because she finds his whining annoying.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had an ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' parody (it wasn't the one from season 12 where everyone gets revenge on Mr. Potter; this was from season 36) in which the movie was originally supposed to be a Hanukkah movie instead of a Christmas one -- including a lot of Jewish people (save for the characters played by Jimmy Stewart {Jason Sudeikis}, Donna Reed {Abby Elliott}, and the daughter {Nasim Pedrad}) and a lot of this trope and JewsLoveToArgue.
* Mrs. Wolowitz from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. She tends to overlap it with TooMuchInformation, too.
* Naomi Bunch from ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', whose first big entrance in real time (as opposed to flashback or on the phone) was an entire song full of complaining, "Where's the Bathroom?"


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* A common aspect of BorschtBelt comedians.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Done a number of times in ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', especially by Tevye, including once as a way to save face after he finally gave his blessing to one of his daughters after she married a Gentile.
** [[MeaningfulName Yenta]] is also a big fan of kvetching, but hers is a lot more shameless.
* Mushnik in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
--> Look, God, what an existence I got. Misfit employees, bums on the sidewalk, business is lousy, my life is a living hell...
* Evan plays with it in ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' . Archie lampshades this trope during 'Terminal Illness'
-->Evan: And who could complain?
--> Archie: Except for you because you're Jewish and you always complain!
* The opening number from the musical ''March of the Falsettos'' is titled "Four Jews In A Room Bitching." (Well, technically, one of them is by his own admission only half-Jewish, but it doesn't stop him from bitching.)


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Miri, Big Boob Auntie and Shlomo from ''{{Webcomic/RasputinCatamite}}''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' likes using this trope a lot, given that [[NWordPrivileges most of the writing staff are Jews]].
** Mort Goldman embodies this trope, though he's more of a hypochondriac (who's job is, [[{{Irony}} of course]], in pharmaceuticals) than a straight-up complainer.
** The "Moses" segment of "The Griffin Family History" plays this trope agonizingly (yet hilariously) straight: the Jews being liberated from Egypt's tyranny aren't impressed by ''anything''.
--> "[[SarcasmMode Oooo, he can part the Red Sea]]! Y'know, he hasn't called his brother in three years!"
* The ''entire'' Broflovski family (barring Kyle's cousin Kyle, and Ike), especially Kyle and Sheila, from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* [[ItsPronouncedTroPAY Shari]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' sketch "Noah's Lark" models it's Noah, both verbally and vocally, after comedian Richard Lewis, who's acts is nothing but this.


[[folder: Religion and Mythology ]]

* All the way back to [[Literature/TheBible the Torah]]. In Numbers 11:5, the people complain that all they have to eat is manna from heaven, whereas in Egypt they had eaten fish. Even God lost patience, and declared that if they wanted meat so much, He'd make it rain meat instead... nothing ''but'' meat for weeks and weeks [[RadishCure until the Israelites were even more sick of it than the manna]].
-->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler]]:''' I don't think that these Jewish people should complain about everything all the time.\\
'''Waldorf:''' I agree! That's ''our'' job!\\
'''Both:''' Doh-hoh-hoh-hoh!