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Elliot Jager in dialogue
with Start Up Nation author
Moreshet Avraham Rechov
East Talpiot 18:30
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in dialogue with Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian
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cultural program on TLV1 radio.
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The Pater is officially published by The Toby Press.
Who'd I write this book for?
My target audience is, foremost, Jewishly-affiliated people interested in memoir, theology, family, childlessness, father-son relations, self-help, and the small matter of "the meaning of life."
The book is also available directly from the publisher, The Toby Press.
October 13, 2015
The Pater is reviewed in a The Huffington Post book section.
I'm so grateful for this heartfelt review
by Varda Epstein. I could not ask for a more sensitive and thorough
Sept. 4 2015
Haaretz covers the publication of The Pater.
The Stigma of Being a Childless Jewish Man
In an age when the Jewish community is showing more openness to gay and single people, author Elliot Jager wonders why there’s such insensitivity to couples without children.
Sept 2 , 2015
The New York Jewish Week's book critics Sandee Brawarsky
Covers publication of The Pater.
A literary memoir that covers territory rarely explored, Elliot Jager’s “The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness” (Toby Press) probes the meaning of life for a Jewish man without children. The author looks back at his own father — a Holocaust survivor who deserted Jager and his mother — and then reconnects with him many years later, and also at his relationship with God. He weaves interviews with other childless Jewish men, whether single or married, gay or straight, into the narrative. (November)
The Jewish Book Council reviews The Pater
Elliot Jager skillfully interweaves three narratives: his personal struggles with childlessness, interviews with individuals and couples who open up about their experiences with childlessness, and the story of his personal relationship with his somewhat estranged father, who is continually recommending faith-based approaches to infertility.
Presenting at Limmud / Jerusalem
לימוד ירושלים Limmud Jerusalem
Delighted to have had opportunity to talk
about the issues my book raises before
Limmud on Friday, August 28
"Jager writes unguardedly about his difficult relationship with his own father and the grief of not being able to become a father himself. But the most interesting parts of the book are his interviews with other Jewish couples struggling with infertility—every technique from IVF to praying at the grave of a tzaddik is employed—and the ways they try to reconcile this grief with their belief in a benevolent God."
<> Adam Kirsch, Tablet magazine, August 6, 2015
Letter to my Readers
A very personal book I've written is about to be published — and I’m having second thoughts. Not about my decision to write about what it's like to be a childless man in Jewish civilization, which places "Be fruitful and multiply" near the top of its preferences. And not about my critique of Judaism for what it says about childless men. Rather, I am concerned that readers will come away from the book disliking my father for having abandoned me when I was a boy.