• Jewish As a Second Language

  • How to Worry, How to Interrupt, How to Say the Opposite of What You Mean
  • By: Molly Katz
  • Narrated by: Carol Leifer
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-07-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

Molly Katz is Jewish and her husband is not. To help him - and every other poor soul who might believe a Jewish mother-in-law's "Don't bother driving me, I'll take a cab"-here is the indispensable guide to the complex twists, unexpected nuances and hidden meanings of Jewish language and culture. "Not your religion; e.g. "She's Jewish, but her husband's not." Learn All the Family Secrets From: The Positive Insult, The Negative Compliment, The Shrugs, The Faces, The Hands. To: The Viennese Table, The Buying of the Suit/The Returning of the Suit, The Basic Psychology of Raising a Jewish Child:" You're wonderful/You'll never be good enough," "Eat/Be thin," "Save/Spend/Earn/Give/Buy/Keep."
©1991 Molly Katz (P)2009 Phoenix

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  • Guitargal
  • 02-04-16

I Laughed to Tears

I don't know why this hasn't gotten better reviews. I was literally crying laughing in my car, and hopefully the passersby didn't think I was crazy to be laughing so hard by myself. I do have NY Jewish family, so I saw us in the humor! I agree with another reviewer that the narration was a little shrill but I think anyone with that NY Jewish cultural influence in their family will be highly amused.

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  • Ryan H.
  • 30-06-15

OK. Better as a book.

The content is OK, but involves many lists forcing you to pay really close attention to what's going on OR listen to a barrage of "suitable:", "unsuitable:","suitable:", "unsuitable:","suitable:", "unsuitable:", etc.

I also found the narrators voice to be a little shrill which made it difficult to listen to.

I wish I'd have bought the book, I would have liked if much better.