A very funny challenge to traditional notions of mysticism, spirituality and redemption.
When the Master Cabalist of Brooklyn dies without an heir, it seems as if an age-old plot to bring the Messiah has failed.
But appearances can be deceiving.
Twenty years later, Nechama Gutkind leaves her cloistered home, determined to save the world even if it kills her. For assistance, she turns to Victoria, a warrior witch from Ghana, and the Master's closest friend, 130-year-old Lionel Abulafia, the last scion of a mystical dynasty. Abulafia has made a career of collecting ancestral legend, mystical inspiration and speculative ephemera to create The Cabalist's Handbook of Practical Messianic Redemption.
Nechama's exploits attract followers and enemies from high and low. Strange visions and helicopter battles are only the beginning?because if the old rabbi is right, all Heaven is about to break loose!
Yori Yanover is the author of the 1994 (Hebrew language) book, Dancing and Crying, about the last two years in the life of the Lubavitcher Rebbe--considered by many of his followers to be the Messiah. Yanover took the question of the Rebbe's messianic status into the realm of fantasy in an attempt to find some answers. Along the way, he created the marvelous book within a book, The Cabalist's Handbook of Practical Messianic Redemption, replete with rabbinic lore and kabbalistic teachings and a few shaggy dog stories thrown in for good measure.
The funniest book about God that you will read this year!
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