The Outside World
Tzippy Goldman was born for marriage. She and her mother had always assumed she’d graduate high school, be set up with the right boy, and have a beautiful wedding with white lace and pareve vanilla cream frosting. But at twenty-two, Tzippy’s fast approaching spinsterhood. She dreams of escape; instead, she leaves for a year in Jerusalem.
There she meets–re-meets–Baruch, the
I live in Brooklyn, probably just a few blocks from where this book takes place, so i ...more
Mirvis employs a marvelously light touch which frees her to go deep inside her characters' motivations without ever seeming preachy or judgmental. Modern society has an expectation that our kids will be better off financially than we were, better educa ...more
Being a Reform Jew who is fascinated with the Orthodox world, it was interesting reading how they view 'our' world--but also about the laws and rules that govern their faith and practice. Mirvis does a great job of talking about the ...more
Modern life seems so much about sharing every little detail about our personal lives that this was a glimpse into the privacy-that-was not so lon ...more
The flap of this book was misleading. I thought this book was going to be about the marriage between Tzippy and Bryan. It starts out that way but that's not really what the book is about at all. I was a bit disappointed because I was looking forward to reading more of a love story (not that there wasn't one in the book but that was only a small part of it).
What this book is really about is family and faith. It's very down to earth and easy to read. I enjoy Tova MIrvis's books because they revol ...more
Read this if you are interested in a look at how people fit their personal beliefs/faith into their every day lives and how the demands of the world can affect both beliefs and actions. Through the characters in her book Tova Mirvis looks at questions such as: Why should I be religious? What does it mean to ...more
It is so interesting for me to read about Jewish culture and the variations that exist. There are so many parallels to Mormon culture. I wish that I had completed the book in time for book club so that I could have participated better in the conversation.
What things in our religion need to be followed exactly - commandments and what things are cultural and have some variations. What do we do to fit in and what do we do out of conviction? Do these ...more
As much as I like to read about other cultures and religions in novels, this one was just overboard with all of the Jewish lore, legend, language, and customs. The outline of the story was interesting, but all of the TED ...more
An added bonus was the view into orthodox Jewish culture. I had to l ...more
Not riveting, but enjoyable, presenting the voices of several characters as they struggle with life and with their relationship with Judaism - all undergoing changes of various kinds. I like that the author doesn't seem to have an agenda - she sympathisizes with all the characters, wherever they're at in their practice (I was worried that the b ...more
I saw interesting parallels to my own faith (I'm LDS) and the stress put on marrying someone from your faith. I just wasn't as attached to the characters in this book as in The Ladies Auxillary and the information about Judaism seemed to slow the p ...more