Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment

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Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment (Harmony Books, 2002) is a humor book by David M. Bader, the author of Haikus for Jews: For You a Little Wisdom (1999) and Haiku U.: From Aristotle to Zola, Great Books in 17 Syllables (Gotham Books, 2004).

Widely circulated in e-mails and quoted on web pages, often without attribution,[1][2] this collection of Jewish Zen combines Eastern wisdom and advice with Jewish kvetching.

The following are examples:

  • The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single "Oy."
  • There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?
  • To know the Buddha is the highest attainment. Second highest is to go to the same doctor as the Buddha.



  1. ^ "For years, his [David M. Bader's] work has been all over the Internet without attribution." Novak, William; Waldoks, Moshe (2006). The Big Book of Jewish Humor: 25th Anniversary. HarperCollins. p. xvii. ISBN 978-0-06-113813-3. 
  2. ^ William Novak and Moshe Waldoks, "All in the Timing," The Jewish Week, March 19, 2010 http://www.thejewishweek.com/special_sections/text_context/all_timing
  3. ^ From Zen Judaism: For You a Little Enlightenment (Harmony Books, 2002) David M. Bader