Jewish as a Second Language

Written by: Molly Katz


In “Jewish as a Second Language,” author Molly Katz takes readers on a hilarious journey through the quirks, nuances, and idiosyncrasies of Jewish culture and communication. This updated second edition, packed with even more guilt and humor, is the ultimate guide for anyone trying to navigate the complex world of Jewish conversation and customs.

Katz delves into the secret language of Jewish life, where everyday interactions are filled with hidden meanings, arguments, and verbal acrobatics. From mastering the art of the OAQ (Obsessive Anal Question) to deciphering the true intentions behind a mother-in-law’s seemingly innocent remarks, this book covers it all.

Readers will learn about the intricacies of Jewish cooking, where boiling a chicken for hours is merely a precaution to ensure its demise, and Jewish eating habits that recommend eight meals a day, regardless of one’s diabetic status. Katz also introduces the concept of “Jewish Ping-Pong,” also known as the art of two-person worrying, and explores the unique genes that Jews possess, such as the hotel-room-changing gene and the always-at-the-doctor gene.

The book also lists items you’ll never find in a Jewish home, including boxing gloves, a rottweiler, and Pop-Tarts, among others. With its sharp wit, keen observations, and unapologetic humor, “Jewish as a Second Language” is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what it truly means to be Jewish or has found themselves caught in the midst of a Jewish conversation without a clue.

Whether you’re Jewish yourself or simply fascinated by the culture, this book promises to entertain, enlighten, and leave you with a newfound appreciation for the art of Jewish communication.


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