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Haikus for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom Hardcover – September 7, 1999
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For centuries, the Japanese haiku has been one of the world's most dazzling poetic forms. In just three short lines, it captures the sublime beauty of nature--the croak of the bullfrog, the buzzing of the dragonfly, the shriek of the cicada, the scream of the cormorant. Now, with Haikus for Jews, there is finally a collection that celebrates the many advantages of staying indoors.
Inspired by ancient Zen teachings and timeless Jewish noodging, this masterful work is filled with insights that will make you exclaim, "Ah!" or at least "Oy!" Whether you are Jewish or you simply enjoy a good kosher haiku, these chai-kus (so called because of their high chutzpah content) are certain to amuse. What's more, with each poem limited to seventeen syllables, Haikus for Jews is perfect for people in a hurry. Find out why God has made these The Chosen Haikus.
Top Customer Reviews
Bader, a Hahvahd Lawyer, and the author of"How to Be an Extremely Reform Jew" provides the essence of the faith in 5-7-5 / 17 syllable portions. Like the Japanese ahiku, the Jewish haiku (or CHAI-ku) includes 'a kigo', or a 'season word' hinting at a time of year. It is sheer genius. My favorites were one about a mohel pruning the growth in his garden and: Heimlich. Is that a / Jewish name? I wonder as / a diner turns blue.
The book is best savored like bonbons, just a few at a time. Some are wry, some confirm the American Jewish experience, and some are laugh-out-loud funny; even my shaygitz husband completely lost it with:
Today I am a
man. Tomorrow I return
to the seventh grade.
I got it as a birthday gift and I LOVED it! Buy one for a gift and another for you.
for a little book. Buy it
anyway. You'll plotz
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny, but too short. By the time you get into it, its over and you feel like you were left wantingPublished 2 months ago by HAPPY HOWARD
No one group is easier to make fun of than Jewish people, and no one does it better than . . . Jewish people. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Big Al Monroe
hilarious! copy condition better than advertised. completely satisfied.Published 16 months ago by G. Meyers
A late December gift,
Christmas or Hanukkah?
What thank you card to buy?
A lovely little book, some of the haikus are laugh out loud funny. Read more