By Ruchama King Feuerman
2013 nationwide Jewish publication Award Finalist
American Library organization Sophie Brody Medal Honor identify 2015
An eczema-riddled reduce East part haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, strikes to Israel to fix his damaged middle and turns into, a lot to his personal shock, the assistant to a well-known previous rabbi who day-by-day dispenses knowledge (and soup) to the souls who wash up in his courtyard. it truly is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly spiritual younger American hipster on a challenge to dwell a non secular existence with a religious guy. Into either one of their lives comes Mustafa, a religious Muslim, deformed at start, a janitor who works at the Temple Mount, holy to either Muslims and Jews. while Mustafa unearths an historical shard of pottery which can date again to the fi rst temple, he brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture units in movement a chain of occasions that lands Isaac within the corporation of Israel's worst legal riff raff, places Mustafa in mortal hazard, and leaves Tamar suffering to avoid wasting them both.
As those characters--immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and misplaced souls--move via their international, they're by no means definite in the event that they will fall prey to the tough tips of success or be sheltered by means of the next energy.
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