Monday, July 13, 2009
What Makes A Jewish Book???
This has been questioned so many times by Jews. Readers, rabbi's, scholars etc. No one seems to have the answer.
The reason I bring this up. This past year, a book called, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, written by a non-jewish author. He worked at National Yiddish Book Center.
I can't make a opinion about the book since I have not read it. But I have read several books that have Jewish content, or author's are Jewish but not any Jewish content. I personally have not read anything from a author that is not Jewish.
Can a non-Jewish person write his or her experiences in a Jewish story. I am not sure. They do not have the experiences or feel what we as Jews feel. That is just my opinion. I have not heard the other way around that a Jewish author writes a story about the experiences of being Christian.
When the author writes a book that is Jewish I can identify with the story because I am Jewish. The characters, the situation etc. When the story is written by a Jewish author there isn't anything between the lines that you can relate to if you are Jewish to make it Jewish. To me to make a book Jewish is the content. That is only my opinion.
I am very interested to see what others think of Song of the Butcher's Daughter.
One of my fellow bloggers just mentioned the book on her blog that is why I brought it up. I want to see what she has to say about it.
I appreciate other commenter to post their thoughts on this opinions. Readers and scholars alike. What do you think??