The Big Jewish Book for Jews

  • by Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman
  • Narrated by Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If both Ike Turner and Isaac Bashevis Singer are Jewish, what does “being Jewish” even mean? The assimilated Jews of today are lost, and they need to relearn the old ways so their identity comes to mean something other than laughing knowingly at Curb Your Enthusiasm and being ambivalent about AIPAC. What they need is The Big Jewish Book for Jews, a hilarious compendium of instruction, handicrafts, and lore that will help them rediscover the traditional wisdom, skills, and recipes, going all the way back to Moses and the original Exodus from Egypt, when God was the only GPS you needed.
The Big Jewish Book for Jews brings together Jewish wit, inspiring tales, classic skills, and even pickle recipes, for the instruction and edification of the modern Jew. Listeners will learn how to sacrifice a lamb unto the Lord, the rules of Canasta, how to build a pyramid (both the Bernie Madoff and the Egyptian kind), and how not to accept the first table you are shown to in a restaurant. Through this funny and informative reference, listeners will build a connection to their ancestors and finally understand what it takes to be the Jew-est Jew of all.

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Kosher laughs all round!

Funny and informative. I took a Bible, a Hebrew phrase book and this book to Israel. This book got listened to the most, but it's so un-PC in places that we had to listen to it quietly just in case we gave offence to other residents in the hotel. As a non-Jew I got an interesting insight into American-Jewish culture, rather than Jewish culture in general, however there were also some themes that transcended cultures. For example the chapter on 'too much food' will ring bells with anyone whose social upbringing has conditioned them to over-cater for their guests. Think 'instructions on how to throw a Big Fat Greek Wedding' - or in my case Portuguese family gathering. Nicely narrated by the authors too.
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- Swing Swang

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.