256 pages, 8.75 × 6.25 × 0.75 in
June 28, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0452296447
ISBN - 13: 9780452296442
About the Book
From the bestselling authors of "Yiddish with Dick and Jane" comes a hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore for modern-day Jews.
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17Circumcision: Take a Little Off the TipThis is a controversial topic.But not here! You literally cannot get more traditionally Jewish (if you're a male) than by having your foreskin removed. As G-d said to Abraham in Genesis 17, 10: This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11: And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.Easy for Him to say.The arguments for and against circumcising babies seem both to have merit and to be overwrought. The practical (medical, sexual, hygienic) benefits of circumcision seem to be real but minimal. The psychological and sexual dangers seem to be possible but undocumented. Both sides, pro and con, have a ton of semi-conclusive proof to support their positions.But if you're looking to shore up your sense of your own Judaism, you should have it done, either in the hospital after delivery, or during a ceremony at home, eight days after birth.That bris will prove to be the weirdest party you ever threw. Your parents (if they're alive, and Jewish) will kvell, your friends will find it both amusing and horrifying, and the baby will cry. If you're the baby's father, you'll feel ambivalent and proud and guilty. If you're the mother, you'll probably flee to an adjoining room if you don't pass out before you get there.One thing you will be certain of, though: Those boys your son takes showers with
From the Publisher
A hilarious compendium of traditional wisdom, recipes, and lore from the authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane.
Modern Jews have forgotten cherished traditions and become, sadly, all- too assimilated. It's enough to make you meshugeneh
. Today's Jews need to relearn the old ways so that cultural identity means something other than laughing knowingly at Curb Your Enthusiasm
- and The Big Jewish Book for Jews
is here to help.
This wise and wise-cracking fully-illustrated book offers invaluable instruction on everything from how to sacrifice a lamb unto the lord to the rules of Mahjong. Jews of all ages and backgrounds will welcome the opportunity to be the Jewiest Jew of all, and reconnect to ancestors going all the way back to Moses and a time when God was the only GPS a Jew needed.
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About the Author
Ellis Weiner was an editor of National Lampoon and a columnist for Spy. He has written humor pieces for many publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Air & Space, and Modern Humorist. He is the author of Yiddish with Dick and Jane (with Barbara Davilman), The Joy of Worry (illustrated by Roz Chast), Decade of the Year, Letters From Cicely, and The Northern Exposure Cookbook, and is the co-author (with Sydney Biddle Barrows) of Mayflower Manners.
Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman are publishing veterans and have written many successful humor books, including Yiddish with Dick and Jane. Davilman is a writer-producer for reality television. She lives in Los Angeles.