"Don't get mad! Get Glad!"

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 1 19:53:54 UTC 2010

Don't forget "Why can't you be like X" or "I wish I had X for
son/daughter". I am sure more can be found in How to Be a Jewish
Mother, complete with the glossary for a variety of "terms" such as
"wash down", as in "have some bread to wash down that soup". And, no,
I am not kidding but Dan Greenberg was). Besides, it's a heavily
Anglicized version--I'd like to see it in the original Yiddish.
There is 1992 "30th Anniversary Edition", but it was originally
published in 1964. [http://amzn.to/btYcBr]

There is also a how-to defense book: How to Survive a Jewish Mother.
[http://amzn.to/bBYtNn] It's a bit more recent vintage.


On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

>>>On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>Does anyone else understand this slogan as a trivial rewording of the
>>>>old parentism,
>>>>"If you're getting mad, you'd better get glad!"
>>>>like unto
>>>>"Don't make me come ...!"
>>>>"Your head is hard as as a rock!"
>>>>"Can't we have anything nice around here?!"

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