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The TBS Book Club will be meeting on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, 10:30 am at the Taub's home at 10 Gatewood Dr.  Hauppauge, NY 11788.

phone: (631)543-6589


This month's selection is "In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist" by Ruchama King Feuerman


In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

by Ruchama King Feuerman


An eczema-riddled 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 on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the fi rst temple, he brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture 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.

As these characters—immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and lost souls—move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.




About the Author

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. Her mother hails from Casablanca where her family lived for centuries. Her father is a third-generation American who was born and raised in the South.

Ruchama lived and taught in Israel for ten years. SEVEN BLESSINGS(St. Martin's Press), her celebrated first novel about match-making, earned her the praise of the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News, and Kirkus Reviews dubbed Feuerman the "Jewish Jane Austen." She wrote her second novel, IN THE COURTYARD OF THE KABBALIST, with the help of grants from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times.

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