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.
“Fine, thanks. How are you, Jewish?”: A Stream of Consciousness Stroll Through the Jew of Color Mind
In his newest book, MaNishtana (author of Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% Black.100% Jewish. 0% Safe.) charts a frank journey through the mind of Jews of Color of various stripes and shades as they wade through the sometimes hilarious, sometimes infuriating, and occasionally neurotic slog of their daily lives. And your coffee table will never be safe again.
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 one of The Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 of 2014, 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.
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.
Because whether Ariel knows it or not, he’s due for a breakthrough. Several, in fact. And he’s about to find out whether or not he’s strong enough to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself, and own up to the things he didn’t.
Thought leader and provocateur MaNishtana turns his eye to fiction in this imaginative, semi-autobiographical novel, making Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi the most dazzling debut of an Orthodox black Jew born on a Sunday at 2:24AM in a Brooklyn hospital in 1982 that you will ever have the privilege of reading.
2018 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Award for Debut Fiction.