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The Search Committee

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When the leader of a venerable Torah academy passes away, a search committee begins to interview two candidates, both serious and committed Torah scholars. However, the resemblance ends there. One is the previous leader's son, a staunch traditionalist determined to keep to the old ways, while the other is a university graduate with a modern, open-minded perspective. The ca ...more
Hardcover, 155 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Urim Publications (first published July 1st 2008)
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Jan 23, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok
This isn't a novel, it is a manifesto against the right-wing yeshiva world. The premise is simple: the Rosh Yeshiva of a large, Lithuanian yeshiva has passed away and the board has convened a search committee to choose between two potential candidates to replace him. The first is the Rosh Yeshiva's son, who assumes the post is his and is indignant at having to appear before a committee of laymen to be granted what is rightfully his (his grandfather founded the yeshiva). The other is a young, col ...more
Oriyah Nitkin
Woah. This book a transparent example of an author writing a work of fiction in order to further his (or her) political agenda - in this case, bashing the ultra-orthodox. Upon finishing the book, it was totally unsurprising to see a quote from Naomi Ragen (author of Sotah - - and convicted plagiarist - .) This is exactly the type of person to whom this book would appeal, and it speaks volumes that the author and hi ...more
Aharon Nitkin
Nov 19, 2014 Aharon Nitkin rated it really liked it
This is a short book composed of chapters of different characters speaking to the search committee making the case for one of the candidates for the next Rosh Yeshiva. I am normally not a fan of novels, but I found this book hard to put down. By hearing the speeches of the candidates, wives, students, faculty members, among others, the author brilliantly shows the advantages and shortcomings of two approaches to Orthodox Judaism; namely, those who wish to preserve the life of Lithuania and Polan ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Lorri rated it really liked it
Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD has written an extremely though-provoking book, giving the reader much to ponder regarding Moses Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza. Maimonides, Spinoza and Us is quite the intense read.

Angel’s comparing and contrasting Moses Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza, two great Jewish philosophers, is done with sensitivity, yet with a forthrightness that vividly speaks the varied philosophical languages and thinking of the two men. The two men, born almost five centuries apart had differ
Phenomenal and very accurate account of the perspective from a Yeshivish/Charadei hashkofa and from a Modern Orthodox hashkofa and worldview. Beautifully done with each side being presented fairly. Page turner, read in one sitting type of book.

Today is Feb 28, 2015. I first read and wrote the above review over 5 years ago. A few days ago, a goodreads friend posted on my review a very strong negative response to this book and questioned me how I could h
Nov 10, 2008 Yael rated it did not like it
Shelves: judaism, fiction
I read this book hoping to find an honest, open examination of the differences between the modorn orthodox and yeshivish world. Unfortunately, I was bitterly disappointed, as there is hardly anything open or honest about it. The characters are flat and steryotipical, and they fail to represent their conflicting worlds. Rabbi Grossman, (the yeshivash Rabbi), is arrogant, bitter, and presents a cold and ugly Judaism, and is without a single redeeming quality. Rabbi Mercado, on the other hand, is a ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
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Entertaining but also serious. The author - a rabbi who's emeritus from a big Orthodox shul in Manhattan - spins a brief tale of a right-wing yeshiva in New York that is trying to decide which of two candidates will be their new head.
May 28, 2012 Bookworm rated it really liked it
Shelves: judaism, fiction
A page-turner. Very interesting take on the direction orthodox yeshivot are taking and how they choose to interact (and not to interact) with the modern outside world. Recommended.
Oct 03, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewish-fiction
Fascinating read, which really puts onto the table so many issues that break the Jewish community apart from itself.
Feb 26, 2015 Foxglove rated it liked it
I initially loved it but after reconsidering it, it was heavy handed and it lacked nuance.
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