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goy

(goɪ)
1. n. a gentile. (From Hebrew. Not necessarily derogatory.) But the goys can’t do anything they want on Sunday!
2. mod. gentile; non-Jewish. Goy pickles are sort of blah.
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44) Lenny Bruce, "Jewish and Goyish," in William Novak and Moshe Waldoks, eds.
At least, till I got older, out of the city to a college in the Midwest, and into the goyish world at large
Staub opens his impressive edited collection of primary sources, The Jewish 1960s, by asserting, "If the 1851s were goyish (and they were), then the 1960s were very Jewish.
Judging by the outpouring of reaction to the opera's performance Monday night, few New Yorkers, Jewish or goyish, seemed indifferent to John Adams's 1991 opera about the 1985 hijacking, by Palestinians, of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, and their murder of a 69-year old, wheel-chair-bound passenger.
How can a yeke, a super-punctilious German Jew, a scholar in a three-piece suit, be "exactly the same" as a goyish American drifter who is squandering his father's inheritance?
How could they possibly think that he should shlep the goyish icons through the streets of Havana?
They are also aware of the costs of all that goyish normality.
As the decades passed, the Haredi community swelled in size but continued to live as an insular subculture, treating the government as just another goyish sovereign to be played for communal benefits.
They sang songs that were already strange to my great grandmother, half in Hebrew and half in the vernacular--yes, even goyish.
Objections to the term Jewish jazz notwithstanding (Sapoznik quips that if klezmer is Jewish jazz, then jazz must be goyish klezmer), the relationship between the two musics suggests a history of reversals as much as revivals, with musicians moving from klezmer to jazz and back, while keeping both in play and creating new fusions.
works with a super-hot goyish cop to solve the case; before long, the reader has also encountered a hot soap opera actor, a thug with a birthmark shaped like a beaver, a medical mystery about an unnerving spike in post-surgical deaths at Abby's husband's hospital, and a severed hand wrapped in butcher paper labeled "corned beef.
Like Portnoy and Tarnopol, Kepesh views Helen's insensitivity and general recklessness as a symbol of the goyish bravado that he is characteristically humbled by.
By comparison, baseball is far gentler; perhaps my forebears, with their "eidelkeit" sensibility of der alter heim, imagined the game to be less goyish, and with its dexterous use of both mind and body, even a little bit Jewish.
Pig-breeding, Shiksas, and Other Goyish Themes in Soviet Yiddish Literature and Life.
Writing jokes from a goyish perspective isn't easy, as it relies on what an audience knows about Jewishness.