Can you tell Kol Nidre from kneidlach? Gushpankas from Gematrias? Naches from nachos? At last here is the book for you. With the belated entry of schlepp, shalom, spiel and scores of other Hebrew and Yiddish words into the melting pot of mainstream usage, English speakers today need to know what these words mean, where they come from and how they are used. Julian Sinclair's book fills this need and much more. As entertaining as it is erudite, "Let's Schmooze," traces the trajectory of 150 Jewish words from the Bible and Talmud to Yiddish slang, yeshivish creole and youth movement patois. Spanning a plethora of Jewish situations and subcultures, including food, magic, lifecycle events, the Joys of Yinglish, surviving synagogue and the Kabbalah craze, Let's Schmooze uses the lens of language to provide a snapshot of Jewish society and spirituality today. With a light touch it also raises critical questions about the acculturation of minorities in a post-multicultural world.
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Author Biography - Julian Sinclair
Julian Sinclair has a first from Oxford in PPE and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. After spending time with street children in Mexico he trained for the rabbinate. He was ordained in 1998. He has been Jewish chaplain at Cambridge University and is currently Research Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He writes a weekly column for The Jewish Chronicle with the title of this book.