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The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Dec 06, 11

Read from November 29 to December 05, 2011

Jacob had always been an unconventional thinker, but it was not until he found himself sold as a servant to a peasant family that he began to realize just how singular, and isolated, he was.

This novel is a relation of the life and trials of a saint, a man who practiced justice in unjust societies and nonviolence among murderers, and never settled for an easy interpretation of scriptures. It is also a love story where love and religion are inseparable. Wanda first became interested in Judaism by falling in love with Jacob, but her conversion was genuine, and she and Jacob helped each other grow spiritually. I believe that the author is disputing an idea that earthly love is a distraction from religion. This is also part of an argument playing up the importance of justice and kindness, ritual laws being only half of the law.
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