on 5 March 2013
A friend insisted that I read this. It didn’t sound like my sort of book but I gave it a go and, boy, am I glad I did. It’s hard to describe as there is such variety: stories galore, even jokes woven throughout a wonderful tour of the Jewish people as seen through words and text. . This book is not only for Jews but also for people like me who want to better understand them . I had never realised that text so strongly defines the identity of the Jews. Women feature strongly which interested me.
The authors – father and daughter – don’t always agree but their exchanges are lively and loving
This is a short and pleasant read, with lots of striking insights into Jewish culture and belief. The two authors describe themselves as atheists in awe of the Bible and its cultural riches. I learnt some new insights into the Bible and it's peppered with humorous quotations like Aleichem's line: 'No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you.'
I got the hardback copy which makes a good present.