new world view - any settlement with a high concentration of people of the Hebrew persuasion. Identifiable in any large metropolitan area in North America.
See also the Pale of Settlement and Lower East Side
We cooked a great brisket in the shtetl, and a pretty good borscht, too. You could hear the violins every night.
Your neighbors know everything about you and your entire family and lineage in the shtetl.
Many find a bizarre comfort in the shtetl, at once claustrophobic and comforting, as opposed to the terrifying life outside the walls.
When you go to an event at the shtetl, you can get a free lucky number pogrom, but the prizes aren't what you would expect.