Pro­fes­sor Buber and His Cats

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By – October 14, 2022

A fan­ci­ful weav­ing of facts and dream-like thoughts, this gen­tle, enchant­i­ng book enhances real­i­ty as it intro­duces young read­ers to a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure they may nev­er have encountered.

Ketem, a wise Israeli cat, is about to face the loss of his com­fort­able book­store abode in Jerusalem. He has decid­ed that his new res­i­dence will be the book-filled home of Pro­fes­sor Mar­tin Buber, the world-renowned author and philoso­pher. Per­haps based on Buber’s leg­endary rela­tion­ship with his cat, the philosopher’s rep­u­ta­tion is well known among the local fer­al felines. The cats con­fer, dis­cussing the plau­si­bil­i­ty of mov­ing in with the ven­er­a­ble sage.

Respect and rela­tion­ships — key­stones of Buber’s world­view — per­me­ate this engag­ing book. It is an excel­lent can­di­date for night­time read­ing or for any time you and your chil­dren need to remem­ber some impor­tant and last­ing values.

Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and free­lance writer, Helen Weiss Pin­cus, has taught mem­oir writ­ing and cre­ative writ­ing through­out the NY Metro area to senior cit­i­zens and high school stu­dents. Her work has been pub­lished in The New York Times, The Record, The Jew­ish Stan­dard, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She recent­ly added Bub­by” to her job description.

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