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Letters to Josep: An Introduction to Judaism Paperback – March 29, 2016
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About the Author
Daniella Levy is a writer, translator, and educator living in Israel with her husband and three sons. Her work has appeared in print and online on several platforms, including Pnima Magazine, Kveller, and Ynet News. She enjoys teaching women’s self-defense, learning new languages (which she then refuses to speak), and, as evidenced by this book, composing unreasonably long e-mails to people.
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Top customer reviews
In each chapter Daniella Levy tackles a different area of what it is to do Jewish: how and why Jews observe a weekly day of rest, family and spiritual endeavors; the rules of keeping Kosher, several of which I'd never heard of before; the holidays and their meanings as well as their ritual practices; , prayer, and more.
In each chapter, Levy sprinkles gentle humor plus insightful pithy, wisdom comments to convey easily and yet in depth the essence of being and doing Jewish. By the end, my own sense of what it means to be and to do Jewish felt clarified and justified.
Bravo Daniella Levy on a brilliant contribution, a short book that every Jew should read, as well as every non-Jew who wants an insiders' glimpse into what Jewish is about.
Let the intrigue begin.
This is a love story…not a story of romance or fiction… but of a shared, unbroken connection through the centuries, Judaism. Daniella is the teacher. Josep is the student. They correspond, first through letters, then eventually through email. Eventually she marries an Israeli American, has 3 sons, but the lessons continue over the years. A book is born.
This is a book of lessons; lessons in Judaism expressed with enlightenment, sensitivity, humor, perplexity and love.
Whether you are Jewish, Christian or any other religion, let the learning begin.
The book is about two friends that live in opposite sides of the Mediterranean and have two different backgrounds, but despite that, they establish a friendship that lasts for years, and discuss many topics, mainly related to Josep's interests in Judaism, from a Catholic and secular point of view.
It is a well written book, full of wit, sarcasm, history, love, intrigue and describes a lovely friendship between two people of a totally different background.
Please make my words: You will not regret buying this book.