If All the Seas Were Ink : A Memoir
by Ilana Kurshan
Editor: St Martin’s Press
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Winner of the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature** **2018 Natan Book Prize Finalist** **Finalist for 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies ** The Wall Street Journal: “There is humour and grief in these pagesMrs. Kurshan plunges into the demands of the daily Talmud study and allows the words of scholars to transform the patterns of her own life”The Standard Jew: “Great, well written, sensitive, original.”The Jerusalem Post: “A beautiful and inspiring bookBoth religious and secular readers will find themselves extremely moved by[Kurshan] personal history”American Jewish World” So, captivating I could barely put it down”At the age of 27, alone, in Jerusalem, following a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joins the world of the greatest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for “day of the page” of the Talmud, a rabbis’ teaching book covering about 600 years and the basis of all the codes of Jewish lawA runner, a reader and a romantic, Kurshan adapted to his rhythm, listening to his ear of his poetry, and discovered his passions, in his pagesShe brought the Talmud with her wherever she went to study in planes, supermarket lines, and on a plate of pasta at home, be careful not to drip tomato sauce on the discussions about spraying blood on the altar of the TempleBy time she completed the Talmud after seven and a half years, Kurshan was remarried with three young childrenWith each pregnancy, her Talmud sits perched at the top of her belly augmentationThis memoir is a story of grief, love and humour, love and loss, marriage and motherhood, and learning to step in front of each other by turning page after page.Kurshan makes us deeply accessible and personal guided tour of the Talmud, throwing a new light on his stories and offering insignia
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