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The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew Hardcover – July 27, 2010

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Successful humorists Weiner and Davilman (Yiddish with Dick and Jane) deliver a new volume in which they outline the basics of being "really Jewish." They explain that within American society, Jewish traditions are either vanishing or evolving into popular culture. From clothing, to names, to sayings, the public at large is adopting elements of Jewish identity historically limited only to Jews which, in the view of the authors, is having an impact on the meaning of sacred traditions and practices. As an alternative to the growing trend, the authors school today's Jewish youth in embracing their heritage with detailed lessons in cooking far too much food for gatherings, delivering back-handed compliments, and many other "Jewish" traditions. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and practical charts and guides on a range of topics (how to use the Bible to tell if your wife is unfaithful; how to be passive-aggressive; how to not accept the first table you're shown at a restaurant), this treatise manages to be both hilarious and sincere.
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About the Author

Ellis Weiner was an editor of National Lampoon and a columnist for Spy. He has written humor pieces for many publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Air & Space, and Modern Humorist. He is the author of Yiddish with Dick and Jane (with Barbara Davilman), The Joy of Worry (illustrated by Roz Chast), Decade of the Year, Letters From Cicely, and The Northern Exposure Cookbook, and is the co-author (with Sydney Biddle Barrows) of Mayflower Manners.
Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman are publishing veterans and have written many successful humor books, including Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Davilman is a writer-producer for reality television. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296442
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What, again with Amazon Schmamazon hoching me to review something, as if I didn't have enough to do already, just in case you ask?

Now, if you did not fully understand the delicately nuanced subtext of what I just said--that I'm pleased that Amazon invites its customers to share their opinions on its retail products and I'm quite happy to offer mine--then "The Big Jewish Book for Jews" is your introduction and your guide to the hermeneutics of Jewish-American thought, culture, and behavior. What, you were expecting maybe hermaneutics?

"TBJBFJ" is hilarious, but amid all that plotzing with laughter you'll recognize the larger and, dare I say, deeper meaning and context of what it is that constitutes Jewishness--not Judaism, but Jewishness, which is something else altogether. Authors Davilman & Weiner really nail it on every count, from how to over-cook (not as in "well-done," but "preparing far too much food") to how to act with humility (you should be so lucky to learn).

This should be on everyone's Chanumas gift list. And if Chelsea Clinton didn't receive a copy at her bridal shower before she married that nice Jewish boy, somebody should give her one. Nu, what are you waiting for??
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It is probably funnier if the reader is Jewish--so many "in" jokes--but the title of the book says it best.......I started to read it while traveling by plane and had to put it down--my (loud) laughter was disturbing my seat mates..........I do find myself reading parts of it over and over and then quoting parts of it to friends...........the authors really "nailed it" in so many ways.
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My Sister and I loved this book until we got to Chapter 20..."So you want to have an opinion about Islam"... We are baffled and concerned... Should we continue reading?
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Format: Hardcover
Do it now. This book is essential reading, but calling your mother is essential doing.
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A person who enjoyed this book.
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This is another hilarious, albeit wise book from a couple of the funniest writers in America today.
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I bought this knowing it was going to be funny but it is all jokes and almost nothing useful. I grew up in a non practicing family so I look for books to help me return to my roots but this isn't one of those. If you're looking for funny this is certainly funny and full of stereotypes. Three stars since it made me laugh out loud on the train.
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Good book,but once again,it reads as if Sephardic Jews did not exist!---still,it is a fun and useful book.
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By Benita on January 14, 2013
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Very amusing at the same time gives lots of information
Easy reading, can be read at different times.book does not have to be read in one sitting.
Can be used as a resource.
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