Shanda

A shanda is “something that brings shame upon oneself, one’s family, and perhaps the entire Jewish community.” If Sandy Koufax had pitched on Yom Kippur – World Series or not – that would have been a shanda bringing shame upon the entire Jewish people.

Check out this article about a more personal type of shanda. It appeared in Reform Judaism in Winter 2012 and is, appropriately enough, entitled The Disgrace of a Nice Jewish Girl.

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