Shlepping the Exile

Shlepping the Exile

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Svelte and supple as unleavened bread, Shlepping the Exile rends the shmaltz from Jewish fiction and replaces it with a pound of real flesh. It's the story of Yoine Levkes, a hassidic boy of the Canadian prairies, his refugee parents, and the Jewish community of Coalbanks, Alberta in the late 1950s. Confronted with dying people, an ailing culture, the perils of near-orphanhood and the allures of Sabina Mandelbroit, whose family doesn't keep the Sabbath, Yoine can no longer tell whether he's a human being or a loot-bag of conflicting traditions. He's too religious to be 'normal, ' too 'normal' not to realize this, and too much of a kid to be able to make any sense of it. Shlepping the Exile is Michael Wex's inside portrait of orthodox, post-Holocaust Judaism in a place that it never expected to be.Not only was he Rabbi Apple- baum and crippled, he also had a bit ofa cold. ... on behalf of the deceased, without having to stop every three or four words to snort, swallow, and make a sound like a hamster. But Rabbi Applebaum was a pro.


Title:Shlepping the Exile
Author: Michael Wex
Publisher:St. Martin's Press - 2014-02-18
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