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"There's a little Jewish mother in every mother," as
comedienne Judy Gold reveals in her achingly hilarious and
For a Jewish girl who remembers the
first book ever read to her as a child was the pop-up
version of The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how to
be a Jewish mother who wasn't a carbon copy of HER Jewish
mother wasn't easy. Here, Emmy Award-winning comedienne Judy
Gold asks, "Are there any Jewish mothers out there like me,
or are they all, G-d forbid, like my mother????"
Questions for a Jewish Mother, she incorporates her own
adventures in Jewish motherdom and her memories of growing
up Jewish in suburban New Jersey -- communicating with her
mother by putting Ann Landers articles on the fridge ("Dear
Ann, My mother won't let me walk alone to school and I'm 16!
Please help." "Dear Ann, The crossing guard drinks. Please
help.") -- with the voices of the fifty other Jewish
mothers, she and her co-author, Kathleen Moira Ryan,
interviewed. They asked homemakers, lawyers, Holocaust
survivors twenty-five questions, including:
favorite Jewish mother? (Judy's is Barbra Streisand.)
--How many times a day do you talk to your children or
mother? (for Judy, it's anywhere from one to the high double
--Are Jewish mothers really more paranoid? (or,
"Why do I have to write an entire itinerary with names,
addresses, and phone numbers every time I leave the house?")
And so on. The culmination of these extraordinary stories
confirms that there is ultimately something strong,
courageous, and loving in every Jewish mother -- a hopeful
-- and very funny -- message to mothers and their children
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