#ReadInterfaith ✨ Day 6 Today’s theme is “Fiction”✨ ⠀ 💬 “Not everything in our lives are open to public forum to satisf…

#ReadInterfaith ✨ Day 6
Today’s theme is “Fiction”✨

💬 “Not everything in our lives are open to public forum to satisfy curiosity. And nosiness doesn’t get justified just because you’re looking for an ‘inspiring story.’”

Here is your #blackjewishbookchallenge pick:

📚 Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi by Manishtana

Synopsis (via @Goodreads): Ariel Samson is just your run of the mill anomaly: a 20-something black Orthodox Jewish rabbi looking for love, figuring out life, and floating between at least two worlds.

Luckily, it gets worse.

Finding himself the spiritual leader of a dying synagogue, and accidentally falling into viral internet fame, Ariel is suddenly catapulted into a series of increasingly ridiculous conflicts with belligerent college students, estranged families, corrupt politicians, hippophilic coworkers, vindictive clergymen, and even attempted murder. (And also Christian hegemony, racism, anti-Semitism, toxic Hotepism, and white Jewish privilege. Because today ends in “y.”)

But all that’s the easy part.

Because whether Ariel knows it or not, he’s due for a breakthrough. Several, in fact. And he’s about to find out whether or not he’s strong enough to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself, and own up to the things he didn’t.

Thought leader and provocateur MaNishtana turns his eye to fiction in this imaginative, semi-autobiographical novel, making Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi the most dazzling debut of an Orthodox black Jew born on a Sunday at 2:24AM in a Brooklyn hospital in 1982 that you will ever have the privilege of reading.

📚 Currently Reading

💭 I am slowly savoring this one! It’s laugh out loud everyday happenings on the intersection of being a Black Jewish Male Rabbi in all-white spaces in America! As the protagonist attempts to simply exist, he is never allowed to forget that he is Black from police’s racial profiling in New York, to the all too common “casual racism”, to various other dehumanizing actions and questions. Ariel’s internal monologue and snappy comebacks are downright hilarious in spite of the awkward, offensive, and ignorance of the world.

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