In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

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In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist Summary

Isaac Markowitz, an eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim who, deformed at birth, makes his living as a janitor on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews.

When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the first temple, he brings it to Isaac as a token of friendship. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that lands Isaac in the company of Israel's worst criminal riffraff, puts Mustafa in mortal danger, and leaves Tamar struggling to save them both.

As these characters - immigrants and natives, Muslim and Jewish, prophets and lost souls - move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.

©2013 Ruchama King Feuerman (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

    • By: Ruchama King Feuerman
    • Narrated by: Sam Guncler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Isaac Markowitz, an eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man.

    Regular price: £20.29

  • Book 2

    • The Rebbetzin’s Courtyard

    • By: Ruchama King Feuerman
    • Narrated by: Sam Guncler
    • Length: 48 mins
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    Shaindel, the elderly widow of a dead kabbalist, seeks out her former assistant Isaac to help launch her debut as the new kabbalist of the courtyard. Isaac puts aside his own career plans and gladly agrees to help with all the people flocking to the courtyard with their problems. He thinks the lady will be the same deeply warm, behind-the-scenes and discreetly wise woman he recalls from their old courtyard days. But he is shocked and unnerved to discover a very different Shaindel who has a kabbalistic mind of her own, and who throws all his ideas into disarray.

    Regular price: £4.69