Which Turovs are you?” Everywhere I go in the holy city of Jerusalem I am asked, from which branch on this celebrated family’s tree did you emerge? My married name conjures towering figures of Orthodox Jewish learning and refined conduct. The Turov dynasty spawned several English-speaking Torah giants in the twentieth century with innumerable descendants […]
1. Why did you write this book? I wrote this book because I firmly believe that the Cain and Abel story has indispensable moral messages for our violence and hatred plagued planet. It is a foundational story of the human experience, and I wanted to convey its power to a modern audience. 2. How […]
Miranda Portnoy is the author of Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey and Cinder-oy-la! How a Jewish Scapegoat Becomes a Princess, to be released on Nov. 30. 1) Why did you publish essays along with your memoir in Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey? The essay “Solving the Jewish Mystery” contains […]
Chapter 1 of Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey by Miranda Portnoy Which Turovs are you?” Everywhere I go in the holy city of Jerusalem I am asked, from which branch on this celebrated family’s tree did you emerge? My married name conjures towering figures of Orthodox Jewish learning and refined conduct. The […]
Finally, a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a novel. The cover is coming this week!
The Wisdom of Getting Unstuck by Shimshon Meir Frankel, recently published by Mosaica Press, is a blend of Jewish and psychological wisdom offering user-friendly, gentle guidance and encouragement to move beyond the concerns and blocks which hold people back in life.
HIP SET is a page-turning thriller set in Tel Aviv. Author Michael Fertik brings together African refugees, Israeli police, and the Russian mafia to create a cool, fast-paced detective noir. Fertik may not be the author we’d expect. He is a serial entrepreneur and venture capital investor and a strong supporter of Israel. Maybe it […]
I’m delighted that Prepare My Prayer by Rabbi Dov Singer is a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. I was privileged to be the publicist for this important book which is the English translation of the Hebrew bestseller “Tikon Tefilati“. Both books are published by Koren Publishers. An invitation to fundamentally reconsider prayer and […]
This morning, under the news radar, Jonathan Pollard arrived in Israel. Accompanied by his wife Esther, he flew in a private jet (obviously donated for the cause) to Israel. Landing in early morning darkness, he was greeted by Prime Minister Netanyahu. For anyone who has followed and sympathized with Pollard’s long journey, watching him walk […]
I am pleased to have interviewed Rabbi Michael Broyde, author of A Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts (Urim Publications, 2017) about his new book. Conversion is constantly in the Jewish news cycle. Does your book address the various controversies surrounding conversion to Judaism? The current controversies are always about how people convert. My book is […]