The New Joys of Yiddish

by Leo Calvin Rosten

Book, 2001



Call number

435 ROS


New York : Crown Publishers, c2001.


Read by 4 cassettes/6 hours With joy and unrestrainedkvelling, Random House AudioBooks announces a smartly updated new edition of Leo Rosten's classic celebration and exploration of the Yiddish language—the first time on audio! Fromchutzpatoshmooze, oy vaytoshlep, a wealth of Yiddish words have entered common American parlance, rolling off the tongues of Jews and non-Jews alike. More than a quarter of a century ago, Leo Rosten presented the first comprehensive and hilariously entertaining lexicon of this colorful and deeply expressive language.The New Joys of Yiddishwent on to become a perennial bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. With the recent renaissance of interest in Yiddish, and in keeping with a language that embodies the variety and vibrancy of life itself, this new edition brings Rosten's masterful work up to date. Revised by editor Lawrence Bush, in close consultation with Rosten's daughters, it retains the spirit of the original—with its wonderful jokes, tidbits of cultural history, Talmudic and Biblical references, and tips on pronunciation—and enhances it with hundreds of new entries and thoughtful commentary on how Yiddish has evolved over the years. The New Joys of Yiddishis nothing less than a mitzvah ("a 'good work,' a virtuous, kind, considerate, ethical deed") for those who loved the original book and for those discovering the pleasures of Yiddish for the first time.… (more)

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LibraryThing member bostonbibliophile
The New Joys of Yiddish is a terrific reference and a really fun book to sit down and read. It's filled with folklore, jokes, stories and comics as well as really useful pronounciation guidelines. I don't think I would ever try to use the words here but it helps me understand Jewish literature a
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little better and it's a great place to look up new words.
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LibraryThing member melsmarsh
For every Jewish word, you get a definition and often a story to go along with illustrating the point and definition.
LibraryThing member hmib
At last! I've finally managed to find a copy of this wonderful book. I used to have a copy of the original, but foolishly lent it to somebody and forgot to whom!

Original publication date

2001, Crown publishers, New York


0609607855 / 9780609607855

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