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Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Klug's writing style is sprinkled with awkward phrases that I can only guess are attempts at sounding hip and/or cute. Here's an excerpt from the first page of the first chapter:
"...as a Heebster, you don't just survive, you thrive! Being Jewish is about much more than bagels and loxy. It's about moxie, about feeling Yiddishe foxy! Because when you're of Da Tribe, you've got Da Vibe. It's not about deprivation. It's about celebration, exclamation and exaltation! When you embrace Da Place, you're blessed with grace. So let go of the pain. You're a link in the chain. Shun shame and embrace fame. Take charge and live large."
If you thought the above excerpt was clever, then you should definitely check out this book. However, if you groaned when you read it, like I did, then you'll have a tough time getting all the way through the guide. By the time I was done with this book, I was glad to leave all the "kabba lah lahs," "oyPods" and "Mani's" behind.
Another big problem with this book is that it is not very accessible to outsiders. I'm Jewish and attended religious school for over a decade and there were many jokes in "Cool Jew" that went over my head. I imagine non-Jewish readers will be quickly phased by all the inside jokes.Read more ›
The humor does range from the witty to the outrageous! There are definitely sections of the book that have the potential to offend the more devout among us but that is exactly why a lot of the content shouldn't be taken too seriously. It is all in good fun and Klug, being a proud member of the Jewish faith herself, would not intentionally insult anyone. Some ideas however, may not be for the faint of heart, such as the idea to take yarmulkes/kippas (Jewish head covering) and "sew leather shoelaces on a matching leather pair to create a sexy string bikini top". Talk about risqué religious humor!
Funny highlights include:
-Letterman-like Top Ten lists
-`Recycle, Reuse, Reschmooze' sections that offer other uses for common Jewish objects
-`FYI for the Yiddish impaired'
Other great features are the hilarious and sometimes wacky drawings, photographs and comics located throughout the book.
On the cover of the book is says that the book is not just for Jews, which is absolutely true.Read more ›
I bought the book for myself as a pre-Hanukkah present. It is a great read and worth twice what you charge for it. (OK, maybe only 50% more). Ms. Klug's style is light and fun, but presents lots of info in a realtively small space. (And yes, it was Eva not Zsa Zsa, who was in Green Acres - but since they were sisters, what difference does it make? And Werner Klemperer's father was Jewish, so by moden Jewish paternal lineage, he was definitely a M.O.T.).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Klug in Yiddish means clever, intelligent, and author proved to possess these qualities. What is so good about this book: 1. Read morePublished 14 months ago by G. Babinskiy
Entertaining and instructive without being preachy. My son enjoyed it as well. Good way to get your kids to learn a bit more about our tribe.Published 16 months ago by Karen S. Lebeter
I've used much from this book as a Girl Scout leader with my Jewish Service Unit and have given it to others working with Jewish Teens. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Jack
Book is written in a very hap-hazard manner. Didn't find it very interesting
and very difficult to follow. Wouldn't recommend it.
Seriously this book is really funny. I am Jewish and I liked the clean comedic insight. It wasn't smutty at all like some of the other Jewish Stereotype comedy books I've read.Published on January 15, 2013 by shaynemaidel
Buy this book. Also check out other titles by Lisa A Klug including Hot Mamalah. Makes a really nice gift.Published on December 25, 2012 by Jonathan Okon
This book is perfect for Jews and non-Jews alike. Its great, hilarious reading for jews of my (twentysomething) generation, but is interesting enough to hold the attention of... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Zechariah David Barber
Lisa Klug really hits the right tone with this book. My ex-husband picked bought it for me year ago, and its been a valued addition to my Jewish library. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Harrison