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.
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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.
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 Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster).
Adam Mansbach is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep and You Have to F****** Eat, as well as the California Book Award–winning novel The End of the Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work, which has been translated into more than forty languages, 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.
An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan Zweibel has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning play 700 Sundays, and he won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman.
Date of Birth:July 3, 1947
Place of Birth:Armonk, New York
Education:B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
Table of Contents
A Note from the Authors
A JEWISH LIFE
The Name of G-d
What Are the Different Types of Jews?
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
Converting to Judaism
The Jewish Home
SIDEBAR: The Evil Eye
THE JEWISH YEAR
The Jewish CalendaR
Discussion Questions for Shabbat
SIDEBAR: The Miracle of Jonah
Discussion Questions for Chanukkah
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
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”
QUIZZES, QUESTIONS&ANSWERS, LISTS, AND OTHER ATTEMPTS TO MEET OUR CONTRACTUALLY-OBLIGATED WORD COUNT
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