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Sunday, November 10 • 10:30am - 11:15am
“Yom Kippur in a Gym”: What Five Random People in a Novel Are Really Thinking About On Yom Kippur (Hint: it’s not only teshuva or God)

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My new (not yet published) novel, Yom Kippur in a Gym, follows five random people at a Yom Kippur service that is set in a gym not unlike the one at the Miles Nadal JCC. This book reveals what these five fascinating characters are really thinking about, feeling, and experiencing during Yom Kippur. Each individual is struggling – spiritually, religiously, existentially, emotionally – with a particular issue. These five people are strangers to each other, but because of something that happens during the service, they end up meeting, and have surprising interactions that will affect all their lives.

There are religious, spiritual, and personal issues in this book that will be easy to relate to for anyone who has ever sat in a Yom Kippur service and tried to engage with it in a meaningful way. I will present some of these issues, relating each of them to a character in the book, and will illustrate my points by reading a few brief passages. The first half of our hour together will be a presentation, but the second half will be a discussion with everyone present about the religious and spiritual issues that have been introduced.

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Nora Gold

Dr. Nora Gold is a writer, activist, and the creator and editor of the prestigious online literary journal, Jewish Fiction .net. Her latest novel, The Dead Man, won a Translation Grant from Canada Council for the Arts and will be published soon in Hebrew in Israel. Her Fields of Exile... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST