The Book of Lights

The Book of Lights

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Baker & Taylor
In his confusion about his life and times, Gershon Loran reveals the uncertainty, fear, and rage of the generation of Jewish men and women who came of age following World War II

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1981
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780394520315
Branch Call Number: FIC Potok, C 1981
Characteristics: 369 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 15, 2013

A quiet, mystic young rabbi heads to postwar Korea to serve as one of three Jewish chaplains in the entire country. He juggles his duties there, his study of Kabbalah, and a needy friend. This friend’s father was one of many Jews who worked on the atomic bomb, and the son struggles with guilt and a desire to exonerate Jews and Judaism from this. The story is darker than Potok’s others—more akin to I Am the Clay than, say, The Chosen—but holds the same mystical beauty and profundity. The description of the friends’ visit to Hiroshima is particularly moving.


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