The New Joys of Yiddish

The New Joys of Yiddish

Completely Updated

By Leo Calvin Rosten; Lawrence Bush (Revised by); R. O. Blechman (Illustrator)

Harmony, Paperback, 9780609806920, 496pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2003


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, as well as clever illustrations by R. O. Blechman.

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.

About the Author
Rosten was a humorist, novelist, and journalist.

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.
R.O. BLECHMAN's illustrations have appeared on nineteen covers of "The New Yorker" and have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Berlin, and Munich. The author/artist of seven books, he lives in New York City.

"From the Hardcover edition."

R.O. Blechman, born in Brooklyn 1930, is an American animator, illustrator, children s book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist. In 1984, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animated Programming for The Soldier s Tale. In 1999, he was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he received the National Cartoonists Society's Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also known for The Juggler of Our Lady (1953), Alka-Seltzer commercials, and multiple New Yorker covers.