Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom

Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom

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Overview

This small, chunky volume presents the witty, wonderful, deadpan and droll insight of the Jewish culture. Chapters on Wisdom, Mitzvahs, Dybbuks, Proverbs, Jokes, Curses, Conventions, Mores (ethics), Love & Marriage, Men & Women, Children & Family provide reflections gleaned from a wealth of ancient, traditional and modern sources. The range of wise observations on the ways of the world, snappy one-liners, stories and expressions captures the spirit of the Jews throughout the centuries. Illustrated with sixty watercolor paintings, The Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom will delight and engage even the toughest Jewish mother.

Some examples:

When we hear a baby laugh, it is the loveliest thing that can happen to us.—Sigmund Freud

A child's wisdom is also wisdom.—Yiddish proverb

I don't believe in the afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.—Woody Allen

May you lose all your teeth but one, and may that one have a cavity.—Anonymous (Yiddish curse)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579121464
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2000
Edition description: Miniature
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 475,049
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Sally Ann Berk is the author of The New York Bartender's Guide,Smoothies, Shakes & Frappes, and Farmer’s Market Cooking, among others. She is the editor of Secrets of the Druids and A Reasonable Affliction: 1001 Love Poems to Read to Each Other. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

THE LIFE CYCLE 10

THE GETTING OF WISDOM 34

RELIGION, GOD & SPIRITUALITY 60

MOTHERS 82

WORKING 96

MEN AND WOMEN 122

LOVE & MARRIAGE 134

JEWS & NON-JEWS 154

JEWISH LOGIC 166

IF WE DON'T LAUGH, WE MUST WEEP 176

FAMILY 190

FOOD & DRINK 208

ETHICS & JUSTICE 224

BLESSINGS 242

CURSES & INSULTS 254

CHARITY & COMMUNITY 272

BEING JEWISH 286

ADVICE & OBSERVATIONS 302

SUGGESTED READINGS 354

INDEX 355

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