Ellen Golub kidnaps the sharp-tongued Sheyne Sheyndel and her luftmensch husband, Menachem Mendel, from Sholem Aleichem’s 1890s shtetl stories and drops them off in contemporary America. They have one foot in the secular world — think Stabucks, Prozac, pornography — and the other in the world to come — think Sahbbat, kashrut, and davening. Menachem Mendel is now yeshiva-educated and a physicist; his wife the doyenne of a prominent rabbinic family. But when he begins obsessing about the coming of the Messiah, who should the pragmatic Sheyne Sheyndel call — a rabbi or a psychiatrist? This witty novel weaves together neuropsychiatry, quantum physics, and the Talmud, navigating the paradoxical straits of modern Jewish identity in a linguistic vessel infused with Yiddish and Hebrew. The end result? A greater understanding of the “PsychoSemitic” condition and a laugh-out-loud Jewish bang.
- From the Publisher
May 19, 2015
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