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Days of Mashiach: Short Stories Paperback – June 8, 2011
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"No one captures the Israel experience as poignantly as Tzvi Fishman. A five-star read!" Israel National News
About the Author
Former Hollywood screenwriter, Tzvi Fishman, was awarded Israel's Ministry of Education prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." Other original and off-beat novels on a wide range of Jewish themes include: "Dad," "The Discman and the Guru," "Fallen Angel," and "Heaven's Door." He also has co-written four commentaries on the writings of Rabbi Kook with Rabbi David Samson. Other writings appear on his website: jewishsexuality.com, and on his popular blog, "Hollywood to the Holy Land," at Israel National News.com.
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On the other hand, I think you have to be Jewish to appreciate much of the rest of the book. I'm not. It wasn't intended for me. Being somewhat of a rebel, though, I read it anyway. There's something there to shock anyone and everyone. I think that was the intention. Some of it was funny; parts were silly and even annoying. I couldn't put it down until I finished it though.
For me, I got to practice a little Hebrew, learn a little Israeli geography, and so all was not lost even in the remaining stories. When I got to the final one, I was speed-reading.
I really don't know what to think of this book, but I'm pretty sure the goal was to offend everyone, while at the same time providing insight into situations most of us, no matter our religious beliefs, know little about. The first story was worth reading regardless. It took me into a situation (Israeli settlements) that I have seen in the news but never quite understood. I have a much better understanding of it now, both the good and the bad. As you read this collection, prepare for an emotional roller-coaster. Prepare to learn something. Prepare to be annoyed and occasionally shocked. If you're ready for all that, you may enjoy this collection. I did...I think.
However, the short stories are often racist and have a hint of Jewish supremacy, which makes me very uncomfortable. As a Jewish person, this is not how I want others to be regarded. More over, I do not want people to think that all Jewish people think this way to publish some questionable stories.
Sadly, I would not suggest this book to a friend.