Sunday, March 20, 2016

Purim and the Childless Man

With a hat tip to Rav Benji Siegel who brought it to our attention in shul last week -- look for the amazing similarities between the story of Joseph and the Esther story in the Megillah.

And in between Hamantaschen here is some more food for thought: 

Was Mordechai a childless Jewish man.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both offer express services that allow you to gift a copy of The Pater to a reader you love in time for Purim.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In Raanana - Metro Tel Aviv Book Launch

The metro Tel Aviv launch of The Pater book will be held at Habayit Shel Benji on Tuesday March 15. 

Tel Aviv-based journalist, Algemeiner web editor and Israel Hayom & Jerusalem Post columnist Ruthie Blum will be in conversation with Elliot Jager.
For security reasons, you need to RSVP, so please reserve your seat/s by sending email to

include your name, cellphone number and names of people attending with you; we will confirm receipt of your email and provide further details.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to Habayit Shel Benji

Liberty Barnes, University of Cambridge sociologist & author:

"Jager has created a new genre of storytelling. Masterfully weaving together autobiography, genealogy, demography, politics, Bible stories, and interviews, Jager explores the cultural meanings of fatherlessness and childlessness in the notably pro-family context of modern Judaism. With fitting skepticism and good humor, Jager shakes his fist at God until he discovers in himself the enduring human qualities of compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude."