schlimazel


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Synonyms for schlimazel

(Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything

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Although the schlemiel and schlimazel of traditional Jewish humor would continue to reproduce American versions and characters as set forth by Cohen and Wisse, a new form of Jewish humor would also be necessary to reflect the new world realities of a Jewish culture that was increasingly assimilated, empowered, and intermarried.
Luckless in New York: The Schlemiel and the Schlimazel in Seinfeld.
Unfortunately, Larry often as not missteps, creating chaos both for himself as well as for other characters who, as schlimazels, are the victims of Larry and his actions.
Like other typical Schlimazel antiheroes, Tommy wavers in his decisions, and then seems magnetically drawn to the most self-defeating response.
One learned, for example, how to distinguish between the schlemiel and his ever-present cousin the schlimazel, and the lengths that a schnorrer ("shameless beggar") would go to wangle a meal.
One of my favorite hoary bits of Jewish humor explains the difference between a schlemiel (a fool) and a schlimazel (one prone to misfortune): A schlemiel is the traveler who spills his coffee on a fellow passenger.
While schlemiel and schlimazel may seem synonymous, the difference is best described by thinking of a schlemiel as one who habitually spills the coffee and a schlimazel as one on whom the coffee is spilled.
Mazel and Schlimazel (1966), The Fools of Chelm and Their History (1973), and Stories for Children (1984) are among his numerous books for young readers.