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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leo Rosten Narrator: Ron Rifkin, Peter Riegert, Harry Goz, Peter Michael Goetz, Larry Keith, Carole Shelley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2001 ISBN: 9780375419522
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Did you know that cockamamy, bluffer, maven, and aha! are all Yiddish words? If you did, you’re a gaon, possessing a lot of seykhl.

Enjoy the most comprehensive and hilariously entertaining lexicon of the colorful and deeply expressive language of Yiddish. With the recent renaissance of interest in Yiddish, and in keeping with a language that embodies the variety and vibrancy of life itself, The New Joys of Yiddish brings Leo Rosten’s masterful work up to date. Revised for the first time by 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 is enhanced by hundreds of new entries and thoughtful commentary on how Yiddish has evolved over the years.

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  • “The revision incorporates additional material on modern Yiddish literature and culture and updates on changes in American Jewish life and faith…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “What this new edition does is add fascinating bits of commentary to the late Leo Rosten’s 1968 lexicon about how Yiddish has become part of colloquial English…[or] grab this for the jokes and the stories, to read aloud and remember and to laugh about for years.”


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About the Author
The late Leo Rosten was the author of The Return of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, Captain Newman, M.D., and countless other books, articles, and screenplays. Lawrence Bush is the author of several books about American Judaism, and is the editor of Reconstructionism Today. He lives in Accord, New York.
About the Narrators

Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City as Saul M. Rifkin. He is an actor, known for his roles in Alias, L.A. Confidential, and The Negotiator. He has been married to Iva Rifkin since 1966.

Peter Riegert is an actor, screenwriter, and film director who is best known for his roles in the films Animal House and The Mask; he also played the role of New Jersey State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman in the HBO original series The Sopranos.