You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish by Joyce Antler

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By Joyce Antler

In You by no means name, You by no means Write, Joyce Antler presents an illuminating and sometimes fun historical past of 1 of the best-known figures in renowned culture--the Jewish mom. even if drawn as self-sacrificing or manipulative, in numerous motion pictures, novels, radio and tv courses, stand-up comedy, and mental and historic stories, she appears to be like as a significant determine, intensely curious about the lives of her childrens. Antler strains the odyssey of this compelling character via many years of yankee tradition. She reminds u . s . a . time while Jewish moms have been fashionable for his or her tenacity and nurturance, as within the early twentieth-century snapshot of the "Yiddishe Mama," a sentimental determine popularized by way of entertainers equivalent to George Jessel, Al Jolson, and Sophie Tucker, and particularly by way of Gertrude Berg, whose amazingly profitable "Molly Goldberg" governed American radio and tv for over 25 years. Antler explains the transformation of this Jewish mom right into a "brassy-voiced, smothering, and shrewish" scourge (in Irving Howe's words), detailing many diversifications in this unfavorable subject matter, from Philip Roth's Portnoy's criticism and Woody Allen's Oedipus Wrecks to tv exhibits comparable to "The Nanny," "Seinfeld," and "Will and Grace." yet she additionally uncovers a brand new counter-narrative, prime feminist students and stand-up comediennes to determine the Jewish mom in confident phrases. constantly revised and reinvented, the Jewish mom turns into in Antler's specialist fingers a different lens with which to check important issues of yankee Jews and the tradition at huge. A pleasure to learn, You by no means name, You by no means Write will satisfaction somebody who has ever recognized or been nurtured through a "Jewish Mother," and it'll be a distinct resource of perception for contemporary mom and dad. As Antler indicates, in lots of methods "we are all Jewish moms" at the present time.

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The film presents two contrasting representations of Jewish mothers. As Tildie Goldfish, Rosa Rosanova plays a very different character from the one she played in Hungry Hearts. She is a social climber herself and initially loves the Park Avenue apartment. While she is more capable than her husband, her economic ambition is viewed as a moral liability. The mother cannot see the ethical implications of her son’s upward rise, and she misses entirely the goodness of her daughter. Only in the end does she see the truth, but by this time she is a broken woman.

Now I’m grown up, Mother of mine When friends all doubt me, I still have you, Somehow you’re just the same. 23 The romanticism of the score whenever Jack meets his mother—including a theme from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and a lush theme from Brahms— underscores their mutual love. Indeed, his mother’s love moves Jack more than the impending death of his father as he weighs the decision of whether to sing in his father’s place rather than debut on Broadway. ” Jack’s Gentile girlfriend, Mary, understands that his mother is “reconciled” to Jack’s larger future.

The closing of the immigration gates due to the National Origins Act of 1924 made it seem likely that the already settled generation of East European newcomers might well be the last new settlers for a long time to come. Yet Jews harbored great anxieties about the mainstream American world that beckoned to them. As the first generation of East European immigrants gave way to sons and daughters making their own way in America, stories of generational conflict, lament, and forgiveness occupied a prime space in the Jewish imagination.

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