In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

by Ruchama King Feuerman
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In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman

2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist 

American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor title 2015

An eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the fi rst temple, he brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that lands Isaac in the company of Israel’s worst criminal riff raff, puts Mustafa in mortal danger, and leaves Tamar struggling to save them both.

As these characters—immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and lost souls—move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590178140
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 475,690
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ruchama King Feuerman was born in Nashville, grew up in Virginia and Maryland, and when she was seventeen, bought a one-way ticket to Israel to seek her spiritual fortune. Her first novel, the highly acclaimed Seven Blessings (St Martin’s Press), praised by The New York Times and other publications, was a Hadassah Book Club selection. Dubbed the “Jewish Jane Austen” by Kirkus Reviews, Feuerman has had stories and essays in many publications, and is a winner of the 2012 Moment Magazine Short Fiction Prize, selected by Walter Mosley. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

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In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist kept me up all night. It caught me and wouldn't let go. It's more than a romance and more than a novel of self-discovery. It's not just for women or Jews or people who love the mystique of Jerusalem or of the Kabbalah. It's for anyone with a heart. Anyone who has felt the pain of love denied and the excitement of the possibility of love fulfilled. Ms King's first novel was a novel of character, emotion and atmosphere. She has a gift for putting us inside the heads and hearts of her protagonists. Her current novel adds to that with a strong plot that's a "page turner". People die, fall in love, face political intrigue and the danger of incarceration and violence. And yet, at it's heart it is still a novel about tenderness. About the sweetness of love, infatuation, and kindness. About self doubt. About taking emotional chances. When I finished this novel I felt that I knew the protagonists. And I wished that I could be in touch with them, spend time with them. I loved Ms King's first novel, Seven Blessings. So I read In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist with trepidation. I feared that maybe she had just one good novel in her. But Ms. King has grown. Her first book was good. Her second is great. I am eager for the third.
NYlin More than 1 year ago
Well developed likable characters, strong females in a male dominated world. Read it in a weekend and wished for a courtyard where I could go for advice on life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago