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Subject: Growing up Jewish Date: 7/10/2004 12:28 PM
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Before I post this, I want to thank Dov for his excellent response to Shabby's posts here and on the PA Board. For awhile, I was reading and responding to SD in the hopes that intelligence and logic would win out, but have decided to no longer read them, as I prefer to "ignore" that type of anti-semitic rhetoric. There's enough hate in this world, there's enough anti-semitism without having to read that kind of uninspired, hateful dribble. Unlike Dov, I don't wish to subject myself to it anymore. Thankfully, I have a choice.

That being said - let's get back to some Jewish humor:

You knew you grew up Jewish if:


You watched Ed Sullivan every Sunday night, and your parents laughed out loud at Myron Cohen.



You spent your entire childhood thinking everyone called pot roast "brisket."



You grew up thinking it was normal for someone to shout "Are you okay? Are you okay?" through the bathroom door when you were in there longer than 3 minutes.



Your family dog responded to commands in Yiddish.



Every Saturday morning your father went to the neighborhood deli (called an "apetitizing store") for whitefish salad, whitefish ("chubs"), lox (nova if you were rich!), herring, corned beef, roast beef, cole slaw, potato salad, a 1/2-dozen huge barrel pickles, a dozen assorted bagels, cream cheese and rye bread (sliced while he waited) .. all of which would be strictly off-limits until Sunday morning.



Every Sunday afternoon was spent visiting your grandparents and/or other relatives.



You experienced the phenomenon of 50 people fitting into a 10- foot-wide dining room hitting each other with plastic plates trying to get to a deli tray.



You had at least one female relative who penciled on eyebrows which were always asymmetrical.



You thought pasta was stuff used exclusively for Kugel and kasha with bowties.



You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.



You were as tall as your grandfather by the age seven and a half.



You never knew anyone whose last name didn't end in one of 5 standard suffixes (berg, baum, man, stein and witz.)



You were surprised to discover that wine doesn't always taste like cranberry sauce.



You can look at gefilte fish and not turn green.



Your mother smacked you really hard and continues to make you feel bad for hurting her hand.



You can understand Yiddish but you can't speak it.



You know how to pronounce numerous Yiddish words and use them correctly in context, yet you don't exactly know what they mean. Kinahurra!



You're still angry at your parents for not speaking both Yiddish and English to you when you were a baby.



You have at least one ancestor who is somehow related to your spouse's ancestor.



Your grandparent's newly washed linoleum floor was covered with the NY Times, which your grandparents could not read.



You thought speaking loud was normal.



You considered your Bar or Bat Mitzvah a "Get Out of Hebrew School Free" card.



You think eating half a jar of dill pickles is a wholesome snack.



You're compelled to mention your grandmother's "steel cannonballs" upon seeing fluffy matzo balls served at restaurants.



You buy 3 shopping bags worth of hot bagels on every trip to NYC and ship them home via FedEx. (Or, if you live near the LA Fairfax District, NYC or Philadelphia or another Jewish city hub, you drive 3 hours just to buy a dozen "real" bagels!)



Your mother took personal pride when a Jew was noted for some accomplishment (showbiz, medicine, potitics, etc.) and was ashamed and embarrassed when a Jew was accused of a crime .. as if they were relatives.



You thought sleepaway college was only where non-Jews went ... Jews went to city schools ... unless they had scholarships or made an Ivy League school.



And finally, you knew that Sunday night and the night after any Jewish holiday was designated for Chinese food!!!




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