Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom

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Sally Ann Berk
Black Dog & Leventhal, Sep 15, 2000 - Humor - 360 pages
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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)
 

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Contents

THE GETTING OF WISDOM
35
RELIGION GOD SPIRITUALITY
61
MOTHERS
83
WORKING
97
MEN AND WOMEN
123
LOVE MARRIAGE
135
JEWS NONJEWS
155
JEWISH LOGIC
167
FOOD DRINK
209
ETHICS JUSTICE
225
CURSES INSULTS
255
CHARITY COMMUNITY
273
BLESSINGS
287
ADVICE OBSERVATIONS
303
SUGGESTED READINGS
354
INDEX
355

IF WE DONT LAUGH WE MUST WEEP
177
FAMILY
191

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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.

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