November is Jewish Book Month in Portland. This year’s selection is Mitchell Kaplan’s By Fire, By Water. This book, out in paperback, follows Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the king of Aragon and a converso, as the Inquisition creeps closer and closer to him and his loved ones. Based on historical fact, the book makes history come alive.
Rabbi Ariel’s d’var Torah on Friday, November 11 will address the major themes of the book: history, identity and belonging. Advertised in the Jewish Review’s calendar of activities, Rabbi’s presentation is open to the public. The support and participation of the Shir Tikvah community is welcomed and encouraged.
To learn more about the book, watch a video here, which details the plot while showing paintings of the Spain of the middle ages; you can also visit the author’s website. To see the Jewish Review article with all of the month’s activities, click here.