Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Go-To Book for the People of the Book


Every once in a while a book comes along that captures the wisdom of the ages. The Big Jewish Book For Jews: Everything You Need to Know to be a Really Jewish Jew may not do that exactly, but no matter what your level of observance, it will make you laugh out loud at appropriate and inappropriate moments. Do not attempt to read this book while drinking an egg cream unless you want bubbles up your nose.

Authors Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, the force behind the classic humor books Yiddish with Dick and Jane and How to Raise a Jewish Dog, offer invaluable instruction on such topics as how to purchase, make, and serve too much food, how to build an ark, how to play mah jongg, and how not to accept the first table you’re shown at a restaurant. Luckily, the authors will be at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on December 5 at 1 p.m. to set us all straight. Tickets are only $5. Members get in for free.

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