Fun­ny, You Don’t Look Like a Rab­bi: A Mem­oir of Unortho­dox Transformation

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September 1, 2019

At age fifty, Lyn­n­da Tar­gan was an accom­plished pub­lic rela­tions pro­fes­sion­al and hap­pi­ly mar­ried moth­er of two. But deep down, she felt called to a dif­fer­ent path. The child of sec­u­lar, divorced par­ents, she had grown up in the nur­tur­ing enclave of her grand­par­ents’ close-knit Ortho­dox Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty, but drift­ed away from the rit­u­als of her faith. Lat­er, as an adult, she found her­self being drawn back to Judaism — and redis­cov­er­ing the beau­ty and res­o­nance of its his­to­ry, its remark­able texts and teach­ings, and its pow­er­ful code for liv­ing in the mod­ern world.

Targan’s mem­oir tells the sto­ry of her sur­pris­ing trans­for­ma­tion from suc­cess­ful work­ing mom to spir­i­tu­al seek­er and Jew­ish schol­ar, and chron­i­cles her quest to rein­vent her­self in midlife to become a rab­bi, a choice that for gen­er­a­tions was open only to men. Ini­tial­ly met with skep­ti­cism, Tar­gan per­se­vered, becom­ing an ordained rab­bi in 2003. Now a beloved leader in her com­mu­ni­ty, Tar­gan shows that it is nev­er too late to find your true call­ing and step into your pow­er — no mat­ter what your age.

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