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Check It Out: What We Miss About Lenny Bruce

Lauren Grodstein’s latest essay describes her plight as a Jewish/Blue State gal married to a Non-Jewish/Red State man. Some jewels from her piece include the classic Jew vs. Goy debate so immortalized by Lenny Bruce and why the Camdens from … Read More

By / March 10, 2007

Lauren Grodstein’s latest essay describes her plight as a Jewish/Blue State gal married to a Non-Jewish/Red State man. Some jewels from her piece include the classic Jew vs. Goy debate so immortalized by Lenny Bruce and why the Camdens from “Seventh Heaven” don’t believe in the same afterlife as the rest of us.

But enough summary. Read the intro below to appreciate this classic Jewish wit unfold:

Often, I find myself sneering at Christians in a way that would be completely intolerable were my aim squared at any other cultural group. Making your kids pay for college themselves? Goyish. Not serving food with drinks? Goyish. Intelligent design? Goyish. Wal-Mart? Goyish to the Nth. I call it like I see it.

“That’s just an old Lenny Bruce routine,” says my husband, Ben (confirmation name: Paul), whenever I trot out my list. “You know, New York is Jewish; Butte, Montana isn’t.”

For more of Lauren’s essay, click here.

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