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The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 27, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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 and Barbara Davilman are publishing veterans and have written many successful humor books, including Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Weiner blogs for The Huffington Post and Davilman is a writer-producer for reality television. They live in Los Angeles.
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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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This book is full of heart and hilarity
to the end from the start.