Meet Keller, a graduate student in Jewish history, who is teaching in a synagogue when a former professor of Greek and renegade Reform rabbi approaches with an invitation to a party. Professor Walter Kleinsaltz is an enigma, a rabbi who calls himself an atheist but who figures that, on the outside chance God does exist, he wouldn’t mind the rabbi conducting three religious holiday services a year. Now he wants to introduce the young student to Helen, and their meetings are charged with resistance and attraction, all arranged in a “nut-cracking” game…going where?
Joseph Ginsburgh, a young architect who is watching a movie presentation when a young woman latecomer crosses the screen, casting the shadow of half a necklace. The other half belonged to his mother, who was wearing it when she said goodbye to him before he was sheltered by a Dutch farmer during the Holocaust. How will he find the woman and what is the history of her half-possession?
And we will be baffled by Shmulik Gafni, famous scholar and Yiddish professor at the University of Israel, who is married but has a linguistic fascination with a Polish shikse, a fact that spreads rumors galore.
Or perhaps you might try to unravel the riddle of two competing friends who meet a woman named Bunny; it’s a tale all tied up with fear of pogroms in America. Imagine meeting a Yiddish artist who dies but leaves behind some headless spoons and visitations as revenge for her non-Jewish lie and years of unendurable pain. These are just a few of the Jewish short stories reflecting modern culture, relationships, sex, and humor told with panache and a playful spirit that is absolutely delightful.