The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

by Eli Glasman

Sleepers Publishing, $19.95 pb, 175 pp, 9780987507013

Crusader Hillis

Crusader Hillis

Crusader Hillis is a writer, editor, curator, and producer. He co-founded (with Rowland Thomson) the queer bookshop

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Eli Glasman’s début novel is aimed at a Young Adult audience, but should also enjoy a long life on adult fiction shelves. Seemingly based on Glasman’s own upbringing as an Orthodox Jew in Caulfield, a Melbourne suburb, the book is fascinating in its candid observations of the rituals, strictures, and arcane customs of Orthodox Judaism, particularly those of the Lubavitch sect, with its emphasis on outreach to non-observant Jews and its belief in the imminence of the Messiah.

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Published in October 2014 no. 365

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