The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories

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Ever since his novel, The Search Committee, I have been waiting anxiously for Rabbi Marc D. Angel's next work of fiction. The short story collection The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories was worth the wait! A unique and moving collection that allows the reader insight into Sephardic Jewry's rich heritage."
- Naomi Ragen, Author of The Sister's Weiss and the Ghost of Hannah Mendes

These wry parables of Jewish wisdom and ignorance touch a nerve....

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Overview

Ever since his novel, The Search Committee, I have been waiting anxiously for Rabbi Marc D. Angel's next work of fiction. The short story collection The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories was worth the wait! A unique and moving collection that allows the reader insight into Sephardic Jewry's rich heritage."
- Naomi Ragen, Author of The Sister's Weiss and the Ghost of Hannah Mendes

These wry parables of Jewish wisdom and ignorance touch a nerve. We find ourselves thinking about these characters long after we've put the book down-this one timid and self-demeaning until she suddenly is not, that one stubborn and aggressive, another, hesitant beyond reason. The stories quietly ambush assumptions of many kinds.
- Jane Mushabac, CUNY Professor of English, author of "Pasha: Ruminations of David Aroughetti."

Praise for The Crown of Solomon:
While reading Rabbi Marc Angel's The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories, I could not stop wondering whether David Barukh, the unrecognized Sephardic Mozart, was a metaphor for the last two centuries of the Ottoman Sephardic culture, a metaphor for all the wasted opportunities and unrealized potentials! Rabbi Angel's stories demonstrate that Sepharadim can still teach modern American readers a thing or two, a lesson in honesty, or modesty-or, maybe, how to turn a defect into effect. Rabbi Angel does not idealize his Sephardic characters, not even the rabbinic ones. Some of his rabbis, like Hakham Shelomo, are wise in an a la turca way; others are quite average, like Hakham Ezra; some are humble, honorable and even saintly like Rabbi Bejerano-and yet others are frivolous and self-centered, like Rabbi Tedeschi. All are convincingly human and quite imaginable in real life. The lay characters of the stories are simply conquering in their charming simplicity, in their human rootedness and in their folk wisdom. While reading Rabbi Marc Angel's new book, I felt everything was in its place. It takes a person deeply rooted in both cultures, traditional Sephardic and modern American, to tell so Sephardic a story in a language such as English, and who makes everything feel totally right.
- Dr. Eliezer Papo, Head of the Sephardic Studies Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615997254
  • Publisher: Albion-Andalus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 431,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org), fostering an intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive Orthodox Judaism. He is Rabbi Emeritus of the historic Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City (founded 1654), where he has been serving since 1969.
Born and raised in the Sephardic Jewish community of Seattle, Washington, he went to New York for his higher education at Yeshiva University, where he earned his B.A., M.S., Ph.D. and Rabbinic Ordination. He has an M.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York.
Author and editor of 30 books, he has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of Jewish law, history and culture. Among his recent books are Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (Jewish Lights, 2006), and Maimonides, Spinoza and Us: Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism (Jewish Lights, 2009), both of which won Finalist Awards from the National Jewish Book Council. His novel, The Search Committee (Urim, 2008) also won wide critical acclaim.
He has recently published a collection of thoughts on the Torah portion of the week, Angel for Shabbat
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The Crown of Solomon and Other Stories
(Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, 2010), and
Maimonides: Essential Teachings on Jewish Faith and Ethics (SkyLight Illuminations, 2012). He serves as Editor of Conversations, the journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, issued three times per year.
Rabbi Angel is Past President of the Rabbinical Council of America. He is co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, an association of Modern Orthodox Rabbis. He has served as officer and board member of numerous agencies, including the UJA-Federation of New York, the American Sephardi Federation, the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish National Fund, and the HealthCare Chaplaincy. He has won awards from many institutions including Yeshiva University, the Orthodox Union, and the New York Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Angel is married to Gilda Angel. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
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