One Hundred Philistine Foreskins: A Novel by Tova Reich

By Tova Reich

One Hundred Philistine Foreskins facilities at the lifetime of Temima Ba'alatOv, recognized additionally as Ima Temima, or mom Temima, a charismatic lady rabbi of impressive religious energy and studying, and an totally unique interpreter of the Hebrew Bible. Temima is respected as a guru with prophetic, even messianic powers—one who dares to elevate her woman’s “naked” voice even within the face of maximum hostility by way of the conventional institution. relocating among worlds—Temima as a toddler in Brooklyn and Temima as an grownup in Jerusalem—the tale unearths the forces that formed her, together with the early lack of her mom; her non secular and highbrow awakening; her complicated courting together with her father, a ritual slaughterer; her pressured marriage; her “ascent” to Israel; and her excessive romantic involvements with charismatic males who release her towards her future as a popular girl chief in Israel.

True to Reich’s voice as a satirist of humanity's darker dispositions, the tale is rooted in modern instances, revealing the extraordinary and ecstatic expressions of faith, in addition to the ability of faith and non secular gurus to take advantage of and abuse the trustworthy, either spiritually and bodily, with life-altering and crushing outcomes. Cynthia Ozick stated of Tova Reich that her “verbal blade is extremely, ingeniously, startlingly, all-consumingly, all-encompassingly, deservedly, and brilliantly savage.” This hasn't ever been truer than in a single Hundred Philistine Foreskins, a piece of literature bound to be hailed as an immensely authoritative and fearlessly daring tour-de-force.

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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