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Bad rabbi : and other strange but true stories from the Yiddish press

Portnoy, Eddy, author.

Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]

x, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Stories abound of immigrant Jews on the outside looking in, clambering up the ladder of social mobility and successfully assimilating into their new worlds. But this book is not about the success stories. It's a paean to the bunglers, the blockheads, and the just plain weird--Jews who were flung from small, impoverished eastern European towns into the urban shtetls of New York and Warsaw, where, as they say in Yiddish, their bread landed butter side down in the dirt. An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi mines the Yiddish press to expose the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into the unknown Yiddish world that was--back cover.

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ISBN:

978-0-8047-9761-0 (hardcover)

ISBN:

978-0-8047-9761-0 (hardcover)

ISBN:

978-1-50360411-7 (paperback)

ISBN:

978-1-50360411-7 (paperback)

ISBN:

9781503603974 (electronic book)

LC Call No:

PN4885.Y53 N77 2018

LC Call No:

PN4885.Y53 P67 2018

Dewey Class No:

071.3089924 23

Author:

Portnoy, Eddy, author.

Title:

Bad rabbi : and other strange but true stories from the Yiddish press / Eddy Portnoy.

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x, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-253) and index.

Summary:

Stories abound of immigrant Jews on the outside looking in, clambering up the ladder of social mobility and successfully assimilating into their new worlds. But this book is not about the success stories. It's a paean to the bunglers, the blockheads, and the just plain weird--Jews who were flung from small, impoverished eastern European towns into the urban shtetls of New York and Warsaw, where, as they say in Yiddish, their bread landed butter side down in the dirt. An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Bad Rabbi mines the Yiddish press to expose the seamy underbelly of pre-WWII New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One part Isaac Bashevis Singer, one part Jerry Springer, this irreverent, unvarnished, and frequently hilarious compendium of stories provides a window into the unknown Yiddish world that was--back cover.

Subject:

Yiddish newspapers--New York (State)--New York--History.

Subject:

Yiddish newspapers--Poland--Warsaw--History.

Subject:

Jewish newspapers--New York (State)--New York--History.

Subject:

Jewish newspapers--Poland--Warsaw--History.

Subject:

Jews--New York (State)--New York--Social life and customs.

Subject:

Jews--Poland--Warsaw--Social life and customs.

Subject:

Jewish newspapers.

Subject:

Jews--Social life and customs.

Subject:

Yiddish newspapers.

SAE:UnifrmTitle:

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