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Ellen Brazer lives on South Beach. Her newest book, THE WONDERING JEW, MY JOURNEY INTO JUDAISM will be published in August, 2016
Summary for The Wondering Jew: My Journey into Judaism
It all began with a promise: a promise I made to my father, a promise that led me on a journey into the heart and soul of Judaism. The result is this book, filled with intensely personal stories that helped me unlock some of the complicated teachings that make Judaism such a difficult religion to understand. The reader will learn, in a very unique way, the basics of the Jewish religion: Torah, Hebrew Bible, the holidays and the traditions. You will laugh, you will cry, you will question as you are challenged to contemplate the mysteries of Judaism: angels and reincarnation, reward and punishment, good and evil. I hope you will join me on this journey of discovery and wonder.
And So It Was Written was released September 2012. And So It Was Written premiered as a bestseller under Jewish Literature on Amazon.
Meticulously researched and controversial in scope and imagination, And So It Was Written travels to a time when a Third Temple is built and the Ark of the Covenant holding the Ten Commandments is found. The year is 132 CE, and the proclaimed Jewish Messiah, Bar Kokhba, has defeated the Roman army and rules Judea. As the Romans prepare to reclaim Israel, the book follows two sets of brothers-one Roman and one Jewish-whose friendships, hatreds, and lives intertwine. For characters you will dream about, And So It Was Written is the ultimate treat. You will smell the spices in the markets, see the blood on the battlefields, rage with the injustice of brother against brother. From triumph to defeat, this is a saga of courage, conquest, familial loyalty, honor and love-showing man at his best and his worst.
Ellen's second book, Clouds Across the Sun is listed on Amazon under the top 10 Holocaust Related Novels.
Summary: Before the end of WWII, Hitler charged a group of his most trusted and brilliant comrades with a mission--educate your progeny and then elevate them to positions of power throughout the world. Steeped in fact and impeccably researched, Clouds Across the Sun is the story of just one of these children.
From Naples, Florida, New York City, and Washington D.C., to Israel and then the killing grounds of Vilnius, Poland (Lithuania) this story is one of great romance, discovery, redemption, and enlightenment as Jotto Wells discovers her Jewish soul and unravels the intrigue surrounding a plan to take over the government of the United States.
Two of Ellen's short stories were published in a Carnegie Mellon anthology.
Her novels are inspired by the people she has befriended over the years: Holocaust Survivors, a Russian Olympic Gold medalist, a founder of a Kibbutz in Northern Israel and a renowned psychiatrist who treated the children of Survivors, a professor who worked on transcribing the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbis and physicians. These stories, coupled with extensive research are the backbone of her fictional characters.
Ellen's goal is to have readers see into the soul and mind of the Jewish people and she hopes that reading her books will do that. Ellen likes to hear from her readers and urges you to please contact her. She is available for speaking engagements. In the past 2 years Ellen has spoken throughout the country to more than 5,000 people. She has 30 events scheduled thus far beginning in October, 2012.