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Author: Leo Rosten Narrator: Michael Goz, 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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More than a quarter of a century ago, Leo Rosten published the first comprehensive and hilariously entertaining lexicon of the colorful and deeply expressive language of Yiddish. Said “to give body and soul to the Yiddish language,” The Joys of Yiddish went on to become an indispensable tool for writers, journalists, politicians, and students, as well as a perennial bestseller for three decades.

Rosten described his book as “a relaxed lexicon of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Yinglish words often encountered in English, plus dozens that ought to be, with serendipitous excursions into Jewish humor, habits, holidays, history, religion, ceremonies, folklore, and cuisine–the whole generously garnished with stories, anecdotes, epigrams, Talmudic quotations, folk sayings, and jokes.” To this day, it is considered the seminal work on Yiddish in America–a true classic and a staple in the libraries of Jews and non-Jews alike.

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 tips on pronunciation–and enhances it with hundreds of new entries, thoughtful commentary on how Yiddish has evolved over the years, and an invaluable new English-to-Yiddish index. In addition, The New Joys of Yiddish includes wondrous and amusing illustrations by renowned artist R.O. Blechman. Download and start listening now!


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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

Leo Rosten (1908-1997) was a language enthusiast, scholar, the author of The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, Captain Newman, M.D., and countless other books, articles, and screenplays. Born in Poland, Rosten immigrated with his family to the United States in 1911. He received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1930, followed by postgraduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lived in New York City.

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.