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Jewish as a Second Language [Paperback]

Molly Katz
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27 Aug 2010
Written to help her Gentile husband and others like him who fall for believing a Jewish mother-in-law when she says, "Don't bother driving me, I'll take a cab," Jewish as a Second Language shows how to be one of the family-how to worry, how to interrupt, how to change your hotel room. It's not Yiddish. Though non-Jews can endear themselves by learning how to mis-use words like schmendrick and schmatta-providing both laughs and confirmation of Jewish superiority-this Jewish language is about the complex twists and somersaults of everyday speech, of unexpected nuances, hidden meanings, and swampy thickets of behavior, of wins, losses, and draws in competitions you never knew you entered. It's about the most common OAQs (obsessive anal questions): "This mole looks okay, doesn't it?" "Can Saltines go bad?" "They'll de-ice the wings before takeoff, right?" The Four Basic Shrugs. Acronyms never to use again: NASCAR, STD, and MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, the potentially deadly skin virus that's spread by contact, and also by talking about it casually). The things non-Jews do for fun and what Jews do: Contra dance/Contradict, Read the comics/Read the obituaries, Get your boobs done/Get your taxes done. Stuff never found in a Jewish home (trout flies, a lineoleum knife, a Lay-Z-Boy, a rottweiler) or mouth (Miracle Whip, marshmallow fluff, Bud).

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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761158405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761158400
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed and laughed and laughed 31 Jan 2014
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I'm Jewish. My boyfriend isn't. So I thought this book would be an ideal way for him to understand me a little better. Me and my myriad neuroses. We took it on holiday with us and laughed and laughed and laughed. "I understand you a lot better now," he said by the end of it. If you're Jewish or not, or know someone who is or are friends with someone who is, do buy this book. You will love it. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read. My favourite line is about how most Jewish ceremonies are centred on food and our enemies trying to eliminate us: "They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's eat." BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!!!! 10 Dec 2013
By Dawn
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This is hysterical. I laughed out loud on every page!!! It just hits the nail on the head. You must read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Consistently Laugh-Out-Loud-Funny Book I've Read in Years 10 July 2011
By Kent Ponder - Published on Amazon.com
My God, I can't believe how few reviews are here for this jewel of a book. Too much praise, there isn't. Such a nice book and, feh!, how should we understand so few people who would take a minute to write a thank-you note? Is this too much I am asking? Really, how much is it to ask? In only about an hour I finished it. Is that so long to spend? So sit down and thank Molly for this gift. Your mother didn't teach you? Maybe by now you even forgot the name of your rabbi? And Hebrew school I don't even mention!

Though it gets a little repetitious in some respects, this consistently witty book rings true in virtually every sentence. (I used to supervise instruction of Israeli Hebrew and I have a Jewish son-in-law, so pay attention to what I'm telling. Half-heartedly joking, I am. Seriously joking, I'm not.) Buy this book. Today wouldn't be too soon IfGodwilling. You're already on Amazon, don't say you're not. So how far away could be the buying button for this book? Am I right? You know I'm right. So do it and feel good about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy and entertaining 23 July 2010
By M.Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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My boyfriend is Jewish and I'm his shiksa. :) You can't take this book too seriously, because while it is rather true on most accounts, it's also satirical in other ways. He found it to be rather entertaining, and so did I! It is informative too, especially for your everyday Yiddish and terminology in Jewish culture. Small enough to fit in your purse and read at your leisure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Jew book 20 Dec 2012
By Amanda Brittney - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone with Jewish friends or relatives this book will make you laugh. My mom got it for me and I got it for several friends and family as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Famliar Terrain ..but a Fresh and Funny Take 23 July 2013
By Dale R. B. - Published on Amazon.com
I said if one laugh is worth ten minutes rowing, I got from New York to Nantucket on this book. I give it as gifts all the time. Molly Katz's approach is consistently clever and quotable; you'll want to share it by reading it aloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughingly True 29 April 2011
By Loren Capsopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
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This was such a FUN book. Small, easy to read, packed with truth disguised as humor. I was able to identify several relatives immediately - even myself. Such a wonderful little jewel. Highly recommended for Jewish readers and non-Jews alike.
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