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Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt
     

Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt

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by Ruth Andrew Ellenson
 

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Twenty-eight of today's top Jewish women writers tell the truth about all the things their rabbis warned them never to discuss in public.

Do you feel guilty when too many good things happen to you?

Have you ever used Caller ID to dodge your mother's phone calls?

Are you sometimes tempted to give up on the idea of atonement and go get a pedicure

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Twenty-eight of today's top Jewish women writers tell the truth about all the things their rabbis warned them never to discuss in public.

Do you feel guilty when too many good things happen to you?

Have you ever used Caller ID to dodge your mother's phone calls?

Are you sometimes tempted to give up on the idea of atonement and go get a pedicure on Yom Kippur?

The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt explodes with truth, humor, and insight into what it means to be a Jewish woman at the dawn of the 21st century. The women in this anthology bravely invite you along as they struggle to strike a balance between their heritage and their modern lives. Whether it's the pressure of hearing a grandmother's biological clock start to tick, the horror of being outted as a lesbian at your mother's Yiddish club, or the burden of being the only kid in Hebrew school who actually cares, their predicaments will make you laugh, cry, and howl in recognition.

One writer screws up the courage to tell her parents she's marrying a nice German boy, while another finds she can't live up to the Zionist ideals of her father. An Orthodox woman describes the constant pressure she feels to be perfect, and a rabbi tells us what it's like to be on the receiving end of other people's guilty confessions. Some give up the guilt altogether-like the author who refuses to go on a diet, pointing out that Golda Meir would never have been caught drinking Slim-Fast in the Knesset, or the writer who decides to RSVP no to every wedding, bat mitzvah, or family meal she doesn't actually want to attend.

So what happens when Jewish women join together to speak out? You blast away hackneyed stereotypes of nagging mothers and spoiled princesses and you get The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt-a hilarious, surprising moving and thoughtful book that captures all that is complicated and wonderful about being a Jewish woman today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525948841
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

What People are Saying About This

Deborah E. Lipstadt
This book is for every person who has had a Jewish (or non) parent, child, sibling, friend or pet. These authors are filled with raucous humor, blazing anger, deep-seated resentments, and intense love. Their stories will touch readers deeply and remind them of their own. A terrific read. (author of History on Trail and Beyond Belief)
Susan Weidman Schneider
A delightfully smart, frank and funny book that gathers together a surprising sisterhood of women, each willing to probe a little deeper than you'd expect. (author of Jewish and Female and Editor in Chief, Lilith magazine)
Jerry Stahl
The writing's so sharp, you can laugh, cry and hate yourself for not calling your mother at the same time. A book it's impossible not to love. (Author of Permanent Midnight and I, Fatty)
Aryeh Lev Stollman
Funny, provocative, delightful and wise, this original collection by so many outstanding writers is a wonderful-and completely guilt-free-pleasure. (author of The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul)

Meet the Author

Includes pieces by:
Elisa Albert, Aimee Bender, Jennifer Bleyer, Kera Bolonik, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Baz Dreisinger, Pearl Gluck, Rebecca Goldstein, Lori Gottlieb, Lauren Grodstein, Dara Horn, Molly Jong-Fast, Rachel Kadish, Jenna Kalinsky, Cynthia Kaplan, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Amy Klein, Daphne Merkin, Tova Mirvis, Gina Nahai, Katie Rophie, Francesca Segr�, Wendy Shanker, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Susan Shapiro, Ayelet Waldman, Rebecca Walker, Sheryl Zohn

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Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to read, but this book is so captivating. It was reccomended to me by my rabbi, and I just can't put it down. It is one of those books that every Jewish girl can relate to. It made me feel like I am not the only one who thinks like this, or my family is just as disfunctional, or my bubbe does the darndest things too! This book is truly a guide for all modern jewish girls. I carry it around in my purse daily...every girl who comes of age should read this book. Life will seem so much more normal! It made me cry and laugh...sometimes at the same time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perfect for book groups. The essays cover so much ground about all the varities of Jewish women's experiences and what is wonderful and what is not. I found it to be a riveting read.