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THE HENPECKED HUSBAND

A HENPECKED HUSBAND CAME TO THE RABBI TO ASK FOR A
DIVORCE. "HOW CAN YOU, A PIOUS MAN, THINK OF SUCH A
THING!" THE RABBI REBUKED HIM STERNLY. "DON'T
YOU KNOW WHAT THE TALMUD SAYS: 'WHEN A MAN DIVORCES
HIS WIFE, NOT ONLY THE ANGELS BUT THE VERY STONES
WEEP!'" "LISTEN, RABBI," REPLIED THE DISSATISFIED
HUSBAND, "IF THE ANGELS AND THE STONES WANT TO WEEP,
LET THEM. I WANT TO REJOICE!"

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: RABBI FROM ADAS SHALOM SYNOGOGUE.

Where learned: RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Married couple

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE GREEN GRASS GROWS/ THERE SAT SALLY AS
SWEET AS A ROSE./ SHE SANG, SHE SANG, SHE SANG SO SWEET/ ALONG CAME
JACK AND KISSED HER ON THE CHEEK./
HOW MANY KISSES DID HE GIVE HER? 1, 2, 3, ...

Where learned: RESTAURANT ; GOLDEN LION

Keyword(s): ENDURANCE ; Jump

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 07-22-1964

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LEAVE-TAKING

KEEP COOL, FOOL!
INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS A VERY POPULAR PHRASE WHEN HE WAS ABOUT
16 IN HIGH SCHOOL AT ST. CATHERINE'S IN DETROIT.

Where learned: RESTAURANT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 11-15-1971

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FLICKING THE NAIL OF YOUR THUMB OUT FROM UNDER YOUR
FRONT TEETH AT A PERSON IS TELLING THEM TO GO TO HELL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS ITALIAN AND GOT THE GESTURE FROM HIS
PARENTS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; RESTAURANT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Derision Scorn

Date learned: 10-28-1971

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