Life is not always as simple as black and white. The world we live in can be a place of tough choices, mixed emotions, and conflicts both outside and inside of us. Dov Haller, a talented rising star in the Jewish literary world, understands that well.
When Haller's serialized novella, Black and White, appeared in Mishpacha Magazine, it was hailed as a breakthrough: a beautifully written, penetrating, and, above all, honest account of a family dealing with the issues that Torah Jews often confront today. In this, his first book, readers are treated to the novella in its entirety, together with twelve brand-new stories.
Dov Haller beautifully portrays our world and the kinds of people who live there. We meet a respected Torah scholar who fights a lifelong battle against the pride that his talent and success inevitably breed; two brothers-in-law who must deal with their father-in-law's puzzling last request; a wealthy philanthropist who learns that he can’t own a rabbi the way he owns an office building. These dramatic and moving stories feature men learning in yeshivah and men working on Wall Street, women struggling both with being mothers and being daughters. We read about people we know, but, most importantly, we read about ourselves.
When a story entertains, we enjoy it. When a story inspires, it makes us grow. But when a story delves deeply into our emotions, our beliefs, and our lives - that's when we truly recognize a classic. In Black and White is an unforgettable collection of just such classic stories.
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