To quote the novelist and playwright James M. Barrie, “Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end; then stop.”
TORONTO: May 15/22 – Today in Books Online we are highlighting a short introduction to a podcast of a recently published book titled The Children of the Forest.
Authored by Alan L. Simons, the book is a fictional embellishment, a folktale in the European tradition, loosely based on a story by Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav.
This captivating book draws deeply into the resources of a combination of Kabbalistic, Mystical, and Esoteric as well as historical content.
The Children of the Forest is Simons’ fifth published book, but the first that he offers the reader into exploring the walls facing survivors of the Holocaust, combined with the perplexities of expressing, in semantic words, the Kabbalah. A complex and confounding read for some, but one that has value for book clubs and writer’s groups!
Simons’ story begins in the old historical town of Sanok, the home of Shlomo Halberstam, the first Bobover Rebbe. It is an account of two Polish Jewish children and their lives from pre-teens to adulthood, together with five mystical characters with disabilities, as well as with a group of Klezmer musicians.
For those of you who have a Polish-Ukrainian Jewish background, the town of Sanok has a history.
Click on the image below to listen to our podcast about the book.
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