In a personal conversation with her two young daughters, Berkovic conveys her hopes and fears for their futures and relates her own attitudes toward Orthodox life in the modern world, specifically for women. The Orthodox Jewish home relies on the mother to uphold its religious and moral values as well as the physical needs of a home-based on ritual. Berkovic, a social worker and journalist, was raised in a traditional home in Australia by parents who were Holocaust survivors. She traveled and sampled different ways but never quite severed the bonds to her own world. Her marriage to an Orthodox rabbi, sensitive and caring but still bound by tradition, gives her a way of life that she finds rich and fulfilling but presents her with feminist dilemmas. Her intimate manner of addressing these issues makes for interesting and informative reading. Annotated with an excellent bibliography, this is appropriate for larger libraries, especially those with collections in women's issues and spirituality.--Idelle Rudman, Touro Coll. Lib., Brooklyn, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Writing in the first person to her daughters, Berkovic relates stories from her upbringing to reconcile the contradictions between the opportunities of modern life and the constrictions of Orthodox practice. Originally published as by Joseph's Bookstore, London in 1997. The subtitle on the cover and spine reads "my dilemma as a modern orthodox Jewish woman." No indexing is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)