Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% Black. 100% Jewish. 0% Safe
African-American and Orthodox Jewish blogger MaNishtana’s “not-autobiography” Thoughts from a Unicorn is a witty, straight-talking collection of memoirs, essays, and a few haikus that will take you on a journey of laughs, tears, self-reflection, learning, and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Full of insight, reflections on personal experiences, fond memories and honest regrets, this book will have you reaching for the tissue box sitting next to the pen and notepad you’ll want to keep on hand just to remember more than a few points. As any reader of his blog knows, his sharp humor cuts straight to the core of a matter. You’ll never be left guessing, but maybe wondering, at the end of each chapter.
The Rishoni Illuminated Legacy Hagadah
With this entry into the landscape of American Judaism, writer and speaker MaNishtana welcomes you to the Passover Seder with this new Hebrew/English take on the ancient ritual.
Accompanying the traditional Haggadah text are selected traditional laws surrounding the Seder night, over 100 mindblowing original illustrations, and footnotes of fresh commentary, both traditional takes inspired by classic Rabbinical sources, and original musings from the author himself.
With forewords by Rabbis Avrohom Garfinkel (Congregation Bnai Israel), Ari Hart (co-founder of Uri L’Tzedek), & Yitzchok Moully (founder of The Creative Soul), this volume is further enhanced by the inclusion of Passover traditions and recipes from across the globe, new English translations, easy to follow English transliteration, and Hebrew text color-coded for the milra and mileil syllable stresses, as well as color indicators for the kamatz katan, patach g’nuva, and sh’va na.
As we recognize that in every generation we are to seek liberation and freedom, this is the Haggadah for our generation, a global Judaism more diverse than ever before.
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Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi
Ariel Samson is just your run of the mill anomaly: a 20-something black Orthodox Jewish rabbi looking for love, figuring out life, and floating between at least two worlds.
Luckily, it gets worse.
Finding himself the spiritual leader of a dying synagogue, and accidentally falling into viral internet fame, Ariel is suddenly catapulted into a series of increasingly ridiculous conflicts with belligerent college students, estranged families, corrupt politicians, hippophilic coworkers, vindictive clergymen, and even attempted murder. (And also Christian hegemony, racism, anti-Semitism, toxic Hotepism, and white Jewish privilege. Because today ends in “y.”)
But all that’s the easy part.
2018 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Award for Debut Fiction.