The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov

The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov

by Ani Tuzman


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The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov by Ani Tuzman

A novel inspired by the legendary spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Good Master of the Name, who beckoned forth love from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives, and murderers.

Poor orphan. Simpleton. Harder to tame than the wind.

He hears what they call him.

But he listens to the presence his father promised would never leave him.

Yisroel finds his way to those who nurture his healing gifts and rare compassion—until he embraces a destiny he cannot yet fathom nor deny any longer.

Honoring women, children, and the poor as his teachers. Celebrating life’s simplest deeds as worship. Praying with joyous abandon. Loving without condition. Yisroel’s “irreverent” practices threaten the established authorities, among them an embittered rabbinic leader with a mission of his own: to destroy the irrepressible master known as the Baal Shem Tov and his growing community of followers.

Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary mystics transports readers back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997484403
Publisher: Dancing Letters Press
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

Ani Tuzman is a novelist, an award-winning poet, and a writing mentor.

Ani grew up on a back-road chicken farm, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. At the age of eight, she began writing to an invisible companion, filling page after page with her questions about a world darkened by the shadow of the Holocaust. But there was also the ecstasy of rain, the dance of the willow, the gleaming stars. Writing about it all-in the silent, unconditional embrace of nature-became Ani's path to the light.

Being awakened to the practice of meditation proved the perfect complement to writing, revealing a direct path to the inner wellsprings of love and creativity.

Along the way, Tuzman became captivated by legends of an eighteenth-century Eastern European mystic rabbi known as the Baal Shem Tov. A Kabbalist, hetaught thatdivine sparks are hidden everywhere andit is one's sacred duty to find and free the energy in thesesparks whose essence is love. When Ani turned fifty, she experienced an inner call to write about this spiritual master. Her recent literary, historical novel The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, is the response to that call.

Ani lives in New England, where she savors long walks in the changing seasons, meditation, and inspiring others to find and free their voices.

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Table of Contents


Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Map... vii
Preface... ix
Author's Note... xi

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

List of Characters... 519
Glossary... 523
Acknowledgments... 531

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