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Yes, But Is It Good for the Jews?by Jonny Geller
Synopses & Reviews
From the Amish to Zoolatry, this hilarious tour of world history and culture will answer the question on everyone's lips this Chanukah: "Yes, but is it good for the Jews?" Jews have long evaluated everything from current events to dinner menus through the prism of "Yes But is it good for the Jews." Finally, there is a method by which to evaluate this burning question--the ancient art of Judology. It's easy: Add "Anti-Semitic Potential" (an open and obvious threat to the Jews) + "Impact on the World" (10 years or more) x "The J-Factor" (level of "jewishness")= Tzurus (Yiddish word for trouble), and divide by the Mystical Kabalistic number "Seven." Readers will no longer be tortured by such decisions as: where to vacation (Micronesia good, Venezuela bad), what television to watch (Desperate Housewives no, Eurovision Song Contest yes), which celebrity to marry (Scarlett Johanssen yes, Joaquin Phoenix no), whether it's okay to use Google, enter a spelling bee, and much more. Extras include: the "How Jew Are You" quiz, handy lists such as "Jews Who Switched"; the "Six Degrees of Larry David" games, plus timelines, charts, and graphs. We guarantee you won't find this valuable info in either the Torah or the Kabbalah.
"London literary agent Geller revolves his mock science of Judology around an equation that weighs the potential for anti-Semitic backlash, links to Jewish culture and worldwide cultural influence to determine whether a given subject is, as the old saying goes, 'Good for the Jews' or 'Not Good for the Jews.' Of course, the numbers turn out to be largely meaningless, as the real substance of Geller's evaluations lie in his idiosyncratic commentaries. In some cases, the effort to find a Jewish connection feels strained, and most of the discussions are lightweight. The Godfather films, for example, are Good because they diverted attention from Jewish gangsters, while Nigella Lawson's love of ham and pork dishes make her Not Good. But there are thoughtful discussions of subjects like eBay's policy against allowing auctions of Nazi memorabilia and the impact of TiVo on Orthodox TV viewing. A lengthy section toward the end assesses various countries for their suitability as vacation spots, and a recurring sidebar presents a world history timeline from a Jewish perspective (the Louisiana Purchase is dubbed 'a sweet kosher deal'). Unfortunately, there's really only one joke here, and though it's amusing in small doses, it can't sustain the entire book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A compendium of mini-essays that riff on the idea that the best kind of attention for the Jews is almost always no attention at all. Geller displays a droll wit." Gideon Lewis-Kraus, San Francisco Chronicle
For the first time, the secrets of the ancient art of Judology are revealed. Think of it as the third cousin of Kabbalah. "Yes, But Is It Good For The Jews?" is a hilarious and indispensable A-Z of world history and popular culture, measuring whether a wide variety of subjects are, in fact, good for the Jews.
About the Author
Jonny Geller is a literary agent and is based in London where he lives with his wife and two sons.
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