Shaindel, the elderly widow of a dead kabbalist, seeks out her former assistant Isaac to help launch her debut as the new kabbalist of the courtyard. Isaac puts aside his own career plans (he’s about to receive his rabbinic ordination) and gladly agrees to help with all the people flocking to the courtyard with their problems. He thinks the lady will be the same deeply warm, behind-the-scenes and discreetly wise woman he recalls from their old courtyard days. But he is shocked and unnerved to discover a very different Shaindel who has a kabbalistic mind of her own, and who throws all his ideas about women, mysticism, and his career into disarray.
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“Evocative…At one point, Isaac sits under an olive tree, staring at pink clouds as cool night air brushes against his neck, and reminisces about his past before he moved to Israel—a moment that encapsulates the novel’s quiet, lovely mood.”
About Ruchama King Feuerman
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. She is the author of several novels, including her first novel, the highly acclaimed Seven Blessings, praised by the New York Times and other publications, which was a Hadassah Book Club selection. She is a winner of the 2012 Moment Magazine Short Fiction Prize and was dubbed the “Jewish Jane Austen” by Kirkus Reviews. She has had stories and essays in many publications, including the New York Times.