Libi Astaire is an author and journalist who often writes about Jewish history. In addition to her acclaimed Jewish Regency Mystery Series, she is the author of Terra Incognita, a novel about Spain's crypto-Jews; The Banished Heart, a novel about Shakespeare's writing of The Merchant of Venice; and several volumes of Chassidic tales. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
In this short mystery story set in Regency London during the Frost Fair of 1814, a recently orphaned boy disappears, seemingly off the face of the earth. Wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed enlists the aid of General Well’ngone, a young Jewish pickpocket, who has his own reason for wishing to find the missing child—the General has fallen in love with the boy’s older sister.
The Passover Seder is a time when Jewish families gather together to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is also a time when we share stories about our Sages, such as the 15 stories in this book. Join Rabbi Elimelech of Lyzhensk, Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg, the Chofetz Chaim and others in this journey to discover why the Passover Seder night really is different from all other nights.
Rebbe Zusha of Hanipoli was once walking down the street when he was asked by a Russian police officer, “Where are you going?”
Where are you going? That question - which is especially pertinent during the days of Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance, and Yom Kippur - is explored through the lens of Chassidus in these eight short stories retold by Libi Astaire.
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, will be a whole new experience after reading these thirty-six stories from the Chassidic tradition - one tale for each candle lit during Chanukah's eight nights. Join Chassidic masters such as the Baal Shem Tov, Zusya of Hanipoli, and Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev as they share their timeless wisdom for how to stay happy and optimistic during even the darkest times.