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How to Talk Jewish [Paperback]

Jackie Mason
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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312072368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312072360
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good, funny, kosher book 20 Oct 2002
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Oi vey! My accountant is Jewish and come to think of it, so's my Solicitor and my wife and kids. Do I feel left out? You bet I feel left out. I mean the bean counter is a mensch but like a Goy at the shul, I always felt as though I wasn't getting the joke - not anymore! And don't use a tallis to mop up the coffee.
Seriously, the yiddish culture is so deep and apart of every other culture that you can't help but notice it. To see it put across in such a funny way by a real comedian is a joy. It's not a novel nor is it factually correct but it is as kosher as Christmas cake and it goes a long way to showing an outsider like me what it's all about. You know where I keep it? By the loo! It's the kind of book that keeps you in there for hours.
Now I know that my old friends were schnorrers and that my wife is indeed "a healthy girl" - you want to know more? Nu?
A good read for anybody who wants to find the funny side of this religion or who just wants a laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lexicography that is witty and wise 4 Feb 2001
By Eileen Galen - Published on
This is a smart little book of 93 Yiddish words and expressions that are defined, illuminated, and used-in-a-sentence by comic and philosopher Mason. In his Introduction, a thoughtful essay on Yiddish, he asserts that although he born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1934, he grew up in a one hundred percent Yiddish-speaking world ("I didn't know that anybody in this country spoke English until I was old enough to go to the movies.") His family moved back to New York before he was five.
This little book contains a wealth of Masonisms. Jackie Mason used to have run-ins with censors and others. He reserves the right to be both self-deprecating and insulting. Jews, gentiles, politics, marriage, family, ethnicity, money, power, and God himself - all are up for grabs. There are a lot of funny stories. In addition, he has an understanding of the Yiddish language that he is happy to share. (Harry Truman was haimish - accessible, natural - FDR was not. Colorful explanation is provided.) He offers a theory of chicken soup that links it -successfully - to most of the world's cuisines. He is never dull. Mason: "It seems that in English that you have to prove that you're not emotional in order to have class." He posits his sociolinguistic theory (which you've heard if you've seen or heard his stage show) that the more emotional the speech - content and structure - the more "low class" the speaker. He defends emotionality. He loves Yiddish, and in fact the language (black English, specifically) of any people engaged in a battle of wits to survive.
A funny and endearing book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OY A KLUG! 5 Feb 2002
By Raymond G. Meyers - Published on
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Only a meshuggener would not find this book entertaining and informative. Then again, probably only meshuggeners would want to READ shtick like this. Too bad Jackie didn't record this for the blind and the goyim; LISTENING to his spiel would just make this so much more of a mecheieha. If only that gantseh macher Webster had had Jackie as his editor -- oy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Mason helps you learn to talk Jewish the Yiddish way 6 Feb 2007
By Roberta Hannah Fruggiero - Published on
I wanted to learn some common Yiddish sayings. So I bought Jackie Masons' book titled: "How to Talk Jewish". It is an enjoyable book complete with Yiddish sayings and a taste of Jewish life as only Jackie Mason can tell it.
5.0 out of 5 stars He is a Mench 22 Sep 2013
By Andrea Pullman - Published on
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I loved this book and got some more to give for gifts. It is funny and informative and just teaches in a funny manner. Jackie Mason is

so funny and I use to go to his shows on Broadway-this was a way of visiting with him again.

I think every Jewish person should own this and share with others.
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw this performance and wanted a copy. 13 Nov 2012
By Joanne A. Harris - Published on
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Saw the performance by Jackie and laughed so much the tears came rolling down my cheeks with the laughter. I absolutely had to have a copy.
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