A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them.and Much More. Maybe Too Much More

A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them.and Much More. Maybe Too Much More


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From three award-winning and bestselling humor writers comes a hilarious guide to everything you need to know about Jewish history, holidays, and traditions.

Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? What's "Christian humor" and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up?

These baffling questions and many more are answered by comedy legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel, two-thirds of whom are Jewish. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries.

Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need. So gather up your chosen ones, open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250191960
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 45,336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DAVE BARRY is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past thirty-five years. He has also written a number of New York Times bestselling humor books, including Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. He is not personally Jewish, but many of his friends are.

An original Saturday Night Live writer, ALAN ZWEIBEL has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild of America Awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he cocreated), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, and won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman. Unlike Dave Barry, he has no Jewish friends.

ADAM MANSBACH IS THE #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat, as well as the California Book Award-winning novel The End of Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work which has been translated into more than forty lgnauges, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and This American Life. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel are his only friends.


Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York


B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

Table of Contents





A Note from the Authors


The Name of G-d

What Are the Different Types of Jews?

Jewish Names

The Bris

Discussion Questions for the Bris

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Discussion Questions for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

SIDEBAR: Frequently Asked Questions About Why Are Yarmulkes Round?

The Jewish Wedding

Judaism and Interfaith Marriage

Judaism and Sexuality

SIDEBAR: Sodom and Gomorrah

Jewish Divorce

Converting to Judaism

The Jewish Home

Keeping Kosher

SIDEBAR: Seltzer



SIDEBAR: The Evil Eye

The Afterlife


The Jewish CalendaR


Discussion Questions for Shabbat

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashithead

Yom Kippur

SIDEBAR: The Miracle of Jonah



Discussion Questions for Chanukkah

Tu B’Shvat



How to Make Perfect Matzah Balls Every Time

Next Year in Jerusalem

SIDEBAR: Ten Remarkable Similarities Between Moses and Elvis

SIDEBAR: The Book of Joshua


Tisha B’Av

Simchat Torah


The Creation Story

The Origins of Judaism

Discussion Questions for The Origins of Judaism

SIDEBAR: The First Jewish Comedian

SIDEBAR: The Story of Isaac

The Kings of Israel: The First Temple

The Second Temple

The Third Temple

SIDEBAR: The Talmud

The First Millenium

SIDEBAR: The Kabbalah

SIDEBAR: The Golem


SIDEBAR: Bargaining in Israel

The History of Bagels

Modern Jewish History



SIDEBAR: Frequently Asked Questions About the Word “Tumult”

The Holocaust

Last Thursday


Are You an Anti-Semite?

Common Questions About Judaism

Ten People We Wish Were or Were Not Jewish, Ten People You Didn’t Know Were or Were Not Jewish, and Ten People We are Thrilled Aren’t Jewish

A Conversation with the Authors


A Note on the Type

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Anonymous 19 days ago
The book should have begun in the middle. Whoever was responsible for that part should have written the entire book.