Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish

Meshuggenary: Celebrating the World of Yiddish



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743227421
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Payson R. Stevens has worked as an artist, designer, and writer for thirty years. He and his wife live in Del Mar, California.

Table of Contents

A Note on Yiddish Wordsx
General Jewish-English Glossaryxii
Introduction: A Language, a People, a Culture1
Shtetl Life8
Hasidism and Kabbalah--The Yiddish Connection11
A Yiddish Hall of Fame13
Yinglish 101: Yiddish-English for Everyone14
Instant's Top Hits17
The Jaws of Yinglish21
Y2B: Yiddish to Business23
Jewbilations: Yidishe Nakhes from Things Jewish29
Do You Schlep or Shlep--Schmooze or Shmooze?35
Yiddishkeit and Yiddishism: What's the Difference?39
S-Words of Yiddish: Put-downs Without Peer40
Insulting Expressions43
Insulting Names of People You'd Rather Avoid45
Yiddish Curses48
When the Mob Spoke Yiddish50
The Genius of Yiddish Humor: A Schtick for Every Occasion52
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match59
Yidisher Kop: Goldwynisms and Other Mind-Benders62
Yiddlish--Words That Sound Yiddish (But Never Were)65
The Heart of Yiddish Vocabulary: What Every Lover of Yiddish Needs to Know66
Misconceptions About Yiddish70
Jewish Daily Forward: The Voice of Yiddish in America76
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research85
The National Yiddish Book Center87
Weather-Prophets (Veter-Neviim)--A Glimpse of Contemporary Yiddish90
Frumspeak: The Yiddishized English of the Orthodox93
Yiddish Literature: Out of the Shtetl to World Renown94
Glikl bas Yehuda Leyb--An Early Yiddish Woman Writer98
Golem, the Yiddish Frankenstein100
Fiddler on the Roof110
The Yiddish Nobel: Isaac Bashevis Singer116
Body of Golden Rings: Women Yiddish Poets120
A Catskills Recommended Reading List125
Yiddish Proverbs and Sayings: For Fools and Wise Mentshn126
Yiddish First Names: From Alter to Yentl134
Vishniac and Riis: Photographers of Shtetl and Slum137
When the Labor Movement Spoke Yiddish--The Bund142
Yiddish Expressions: Abi Gezunt! and More144
Blessings in Yiddish150
Tkhines--Yiddish Women's Prayers158
A Modern Tkhine for Easy Labor159
Yiddish Food and Cooking: For Noshers and Fressers166
Bialy--the Other Kukhen169
Hebridish: Yiddish in Israel188
Se Habla Yiddish189
The Story of Yiddish Theater: From Purimshpil to The Dybbuk190
Dybbuks--Evil Spirits of the Shtetl202
Ida Kaminska--Star of the Yiddish Theater204
A Yiddish Bestiary207
Yiddish Music: Klezmer and Beyond208
Yiddish Radio in America215
Yiddish-Theme Painters: Chagall and Soutine218
Yiddish Movies220
Reference Section224
Yiddish Basics224
Yiddish vs. Hebrew225
The YIVO Transcription Scheme227
Virtual Yiddishdom on the Web229

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Meshuggenary 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly everybody in the business world uses Yiddish. This is because in the past most businessman were Jewish themselves or worked with Jewish people. Learn what terms businessman use so you don't look like a schmuk!!! Also learn about Jewish History and Yiddish History. They are not the same! This book is written by a real Mensch!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The authors have produced an informative and very lively academic book (which may be an oxymoron expression). Early Yiddishists would marvel if they could now see what impact Yiddish (and Yinglish, etc.) have had and continue to have on America and American culture. Only in America could a language developed over a thousand years abroad and left for dead (until relatively recent times) be adopted and adapted to fit the American psyche and temper. Meshuggenary is a landmark success. In the years to come its depth, insight and completeness will not be easily challenged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from India and I love this book because I love words. The Yiddish language with its potent and expressive words adds greatly to our human vocabulary and supplies those words that uniquely describe aspects of the human condition. MESHUGGENARY provides a marvelous and necessary ingredient to the masala of human expression. The book is rich in humor and offers a great introduction to Yiddish culture. As an English teacher from another country, I marvel at how language continually expands by incorporating words and expressions from other cultures. This is just what we need to create global village communication.