We’ll be discussing In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feuerman.

A 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, and Mustafa, a devout Muslim, who works as a janitor on the Temple Mount.   A gesture of friendship 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.

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist was a 2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist and won the American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor title 2015.

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