Painting Zaidy’s Dream: Memoir of a Searching Soul

Painting Zaidy’s Dream: Memoir of a Searching Soul

Fascinating Spiritual Journey

How does a nice, atheist, suburban girl become a chicken-soup-toting, kabbalah-quoting, Chassidic mother of a large family? From childhood, Miriam longed for something more...

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About the Book

How does a nice, atheist, suburban girl become a chicken-soup-toting, kabbalah-quoting, Chassidic mother of a large family? From childhood, Miriam longed for something more. In this down-to-earth memoir, she takes you on her journey through intense searching, raucous hippie adventures, soaring delights and bitter disappointments as she discovers the world of Torah observance. She shares her struggle to learn Hebrew, her growing relationship with Israel, watching her son join the Israeli Defense Force, and other milestones. She grapples with faith, family, doubt, loss and endurance, with wry humor, poignancy, and a gritty woman’s voice. Her story opens an intimate window into the inner world of a Chassidic woman and the joys and challenges of integrating Jewish spirituality and practice into daily life. She is Pure, Chapter 29, won first place in the American Jewish Press Association Rockower Award for Excellence in Writing About Women. Judges noted, “ …beautiful, spiritual, personal…Her pacing is exquisite, her tone is deeply respectful, and her account is marked by lovely attention to detail. Karp’s experience, and her meditation on it, leaves the reader awed.”

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Author:
Genres: Memoirs/Autobiography, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Poppy Seed Press
Publication Year: 2013
Format: Paperback
Length: 314 pages
ASIN: 0989633373
ISBN: 9780989633376
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List Price: $16.15-$17.95
Endorsements
Great buy and good read
This is a great book! It's one of those books you don't want to put down. It is written in an intellectually stimulating and almost a musical flow circling around the ups and downs of searching and yearning for a deeper meaning to life and the struggles finding and fine tuning that internal voice.
Genuine, funny and eyeopening
"Painting Zaidy's Dream" is deep, and eyeopening. It really helped me understand a struggling teen/young adult and their pain and quest in trying to find something deeper and soulful. At the same time, it was light and humorous enough to understand and relate it. If you know someone, or you yourself are going through a soulful journey, this is an excellent book to help shed light during a tough time or simply to help you understand the depth and beauty of a Orthodox Jewish and/or Chassidic lifestyle.
If you're a BT or even thinking about it.......buy this!
I usually finish a book of this length in a day or two, but this so deep and so rich, I savor every page, a few times? Buy it and you'll see!
Inspirational!
I love reading about people's personal growth and this book was very inspiring, as an Orthodox Jew who has been on a path of searching, it is always interesting to read what path a person takes and how they handle their "religion" once they're there.
About the Author
Miriam Karp

Miriam Karp is an award-winning writer, artist, Judaic studies teacher and lecturer. Her paintings explore intimate moments in Jewish life. Her first book, Painting Zaidy’s Dream: A Memoir of a Searching Soul, shares her story of search. Miriam lives in Cincinnati with her husband and family.

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