The Rabbi's Daughter: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 30, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
In this honest, daring, and compulsively readable memoir, Reva Mann paints a portrait of herself as a young woman on the edge—of either revelation or self-destruction. Ricocheting between extremes of rebellion and piety, she is on a difficult but life-changing journey to inner truth.

The journey began with an unhappy childhood in a family where religion set the tone and deviations from it were not allowed. But Reva, a granddaughter of the head of the Rabbinic Council of Israel and daughter of a highly respected London rabbi, was a wild child and she rebelled, spiralling into a whirlwind of sex and drugs by the time she reached adolescence.

As a young woman, however, Reva had a startling mystical epiphany that led her to a women’s yeshivah in Israel, and eventually to marriage to the devoutly religious Torah scholar who she thought would take her to ever greater heights of spirituality. But can the path to spiritual fulfillment ever be compatible with the ecstasies of the flesh or with the everyday joys of intimacy and pleasure to which she is also strongly drawn? With unflinching candor, Reva shares her struggle to carve out a life that encompasses all the impulses at war within herself.

An eye-opening glimpse into the world of the ultra-Orthodox and their elaborately coded rituals for eating, sleeping, bathing, and lovemaking, as well as a deeply personal rumination on identity, faith, and self-acceptance, this is at its heart a universal story. For those of any faith who have grappled with their own spiritual longings, and for anyone fascinated by traditional religion and its role in modern society, Reva Mann’s chronicle of a journey toward redemption is an unforgettable read.
 

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The Rabbi's Daughter by Reva Mann (2007) - an unpleasant read. Too much sex told too vividly: the main character is young and desperate and continuously makes decisions based on a desire to escape ... Read full review

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Odd. This memoir is written by the daughter and granddaughter of well known Rabbis. Her family has been part of the Anglo-Jewish community for generations. Yet, what she wrote was a self-absorbed ... Read full review

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Contents

REPENTANCE
THE TEST
BACK ON TRACK
THE FIND
PASS THE SALT
OH CRUMBS
MR FIXIT BREAKS THROUGH
BEYOND THE MASK
GET A LIFE
END OF AN
WHERE IS GOD?
THE FINAL RELEASE
EPILOGUE
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Reva Mann lives in Jerusalem with her three children.

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