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Old 03-19-2006, 07:26 PM   #46
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:46 PM   #47
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...as well as a break in lent
I'm Jewish, and this reminds me of an interview I read recently with the rabbi of a Dublin synagogue...he laughingly remarked that, in those (frequent) years where Purim (a holiday where Jews are actually commanded to get plastered) falls the day before St. Paddy's, Irish Jews wind up with "the mother of all hangovers" once their two-day drinking binge has passed...
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...ahh i remember reading a book ages ago that lots of Irish immigrants developed mental health problems due to being out of their originally very close knit villages, towns and families....so maybe the larger celebrations of Irishness we see in the States now is just watering down(in irish cultural content) of those earlier celebrations.
That's a really good point, and I bet it applies to a lot of other immigrant groups from countries with more close-knit social structures, who get the reputation of "sticking together" once they move here. I can see where there might be some collective mental health benefits to indulging in that for awhile, before you go plunging into full-throttle American individualism...
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An Irish Jew...that would be an interesting personality complex

I know a lot of the St Patricks Day stuff is very Americanized and stereotypical, but it tends to be very positive. (Americans in general tend to think anything Irish is da coolest eva!!) So it's all good...

I know what you're saying about tight-knit communities. I know people whose ancestors all got here between 1840 and 1860 and can claim to be 100% Irish. I think Jewish people have tended to stick together as well, to some extent. Where my dad grew up, most people were the children or grandchildren of Russian Jews and proud of it. But when actual Russian Jews started arriving and going to their schools (this was the 70s), they were seen as strange and foreign.
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:57 PM   #50
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But when actual Russian Jews started arriving and going to their schools (this was the 70s), they were seen as strange and foreign.
When we moved to Brooklyn in the mid-80s, I know I sure thought they were strange and foreign! Of course, they in turn saw me as a sadly bastardized, Southern redneck freak, so it kind of all evened out...

You want to go back to discussing green beer, snowbunny?
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You want to go back to discussing green beer, snowbunny?
Drinking it actually!! j/k had enough beer for a lifetime....

I was just enjoying the thread
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It's only one chat thread, I doubt they will become a regular occurrence-I hope not. This forum is my refuge from chat threads and honestly from the rest of Int where people tend to interact w/ you only if you're part of their "group" .Anyway here are the answers for the Irish quiz

1. 18
2. False: Englishman Frederic Edward Weatherly wrote the tune.
3. Maewyn Succat
4. Great Britain
5. George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney
6. The Blarney Stone in Dorchester
7. False: Singer/songwriter John Redmond wrote the Christmas carol in Clinton, Mass.
8. True: Approximately 5 million people visit Ireland every year. The population is approximately 3.8 million.
9. Paul Hewson
10. York
11. Potatoes.
12. The Charitable Irish Society of Boston in 1737. The first parade was held in New York City in 1762 according to Historychannel.com.
13. Maine
14. A shamrock has three leafs, the clover has four.
15. False: “Corned beef and cabbage is not really an Irish meal, as many people think, but an Irish-American dish that was popular in the 19th century. The Irish themselves prefer to eat salmon, lamb and locally grown products. The potato is still a staple of the Irish diet,” said Michael Quinlan, author of “Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past.”
16. False: Sir Walter Raleigh is believed to have first brought the vegetable from America to Ireland in the late 1500s.
17. Trick question. According to Guinness Brewmaster Fergal Murray, Guinness first started brewing in 1759, but it wasn’t until the brewer’s bicentennial in 1959 that the special hydrogenated process allowed for the beer we commonly know as Guinness Draught.
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I'm Jewish, and this reminds me of an interview I read recently with the rabbi of a Dublin synagogue...he laughingly remarked that, in those (frequent) years where Purim (a holiday where Jews are actually commanded to get plastered) falls the day before St. Paddy's, Irish Jews wind up with "the mother of all hangovers" once their two-day drinking binge has passed...
Wikipedia has a fairly good summarised history:--

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History...ews_in_Ireland

'Little Jerusalem' is one of my favourite areas of Dublin.
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New York, surely.
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Yeah it's supposed to say New York, it's early in the morning and I copied it from my e-mail
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Yeah it's supposed to say New York, it's early in the morning and I copied it from my e-mail
I was gonna say that I didn't think he was a local lad!

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