Yaakov is a father, a widower and a Talmudic scholar. As a widower with his wife now gone for a year, he alone is responsible for his five children. He alone has a home to put in order, children to raise and overwhelming challenges, both financial and spiritual. How will he go forward, how will he provide for his family?
Lola/Leah is a secular Jew who at the age of 34 is disappointed with her life and is now gravitating towards a more spiritual life, turning to the Orthodox community in Brooklyn. She is now converting to become an Orthodox Jew, which is no easy feat. Will the religious community accept her, will she fit in and accept their reality which is so different from her own background? Added to all of this, is her mother who is pulling her in the opposite direction, not accepting her daughter's decision to "convert" calling her a "born-again Jew." Yet, Leah's spirituality far exceeds her mother's expectations of her
This book was an amazing read, in that I learned so much more about my own religion. While I am a "secular" Jew, there is a great difference between how I look at Judaism as opposed to how the Orthodox view it. Reading the novel, it does provide "food for thought" (kosher no doubt). How they resolve their different points of view and blend with each other has made this an interesting story.