(My husband, while we’re on the topic, can be counted on to make a complete mess even of the sections he skips.) But I know better than to spend my time picking apart the stereotypes in . Hello—it came out in 1978, and may have had about as long a shelf life as that which some of us secretly wish upon the engagement of Zach Braff to Mandy Moore.Instead, I’d rather spend my time picking apart the stereotypes in last year’s , which is not a book to be cast aside lightly.
I am pretty sure it has some valid points, but sometimes it becomes into a joke. What I did like was the way she is not taking it very serious, like you are dating someone who is culturally different from you, and there is no reason to make a big fuss about it.This answered many questions and thoughts I had about the Jewish culture.“Now, today, the Elliot Goulds, George Segals, Dustin Hoffmans herald the beginning of a new super sex star: the Jewish man.” It’s basically a humor book (we’ll get to that), but the core premise—we heart Jewish men, warts and all—is not winking or sarcastic; it’s entirely serious. Some are straightforward (“He uses hand lotion”); some have embellishments that make them less unfunny than they could be (“He has never washed his own clothes [even in the Army]”); some achieve the spare, abstruse genius of a Zen koan (“He is aged 30 to 55 whether he is or he isn’t”).So on the one hand, you could say this book represents a step forward: not “all” Jewish men are nebbishy. Lest you think, in the book’s defense, “Hey, but every Jewish guy I know folds, never crumples, the paper!I realize it’s a challenge to write a book about Jewish men without repeating the phrase “Jewish man.” Tip: give up.
Repeat the phrase “Jewish man” instead of replacing it with “Hebrew honey,” “love mensch,” or, God help us, “Mr.
It made perfect sense and is great for any non-Jew to read.
You will connect with it instantly and simply discover the reasons why this and why that..
” let me add this: I can guarantee you that my father has folded, never crumpled, the paper since the day he was born.
Which, ahem, was about 30 years before he converted to Judaism.
term of Yiddish origin that has moved into English usage (as well as Polish and German), mostly in North American Jewish culture, as a term for a non-Jewish woman or girl.