Support self published novel “A rabbi’s daughter” translated from Hebrew to English

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Translation is an art! I had the privilege to work with a great translator named Shira Atik.

“A Rabbi’s Daughter” has been favorably reviewed in the Israeli press and has merited a prestigious grant (Pardes) offered by the National Library of Israel which shows the public’s interest and the uniqueness of the book. It’s written in rich Hebrew which sometimes is even biblical in mood. But at the same time, the English language hovers over the prose from the opening line to the end of the novel.

The motif of the rabbi’s daughter has been written about in Hebrew and other languages by many authors.

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Original painting by Lore Herman, mid 80’s

This novel, unlike many novels written by Israelis, relates to the Jewish aspect of Israel in a pluralistic sense, while being Zionist in the fact that this book describes growing up in the periphery of Israel, Some of the universal themes of the book include adolescent rebellion, separation, cancer, death, Jewish hospitality, cinema, memory and more.

Cover

Cover

The noted writer and scholar, Professor Hayim Be’er wrote in the blurb on the back cover:

“The rabbi’s daughter is one of the charming archetypes in Hebrew literature. The acclaimed Shaul Tchernichovsky, Jacob Steinberg and of course Devorah Baron, the feminist writer, daughter of Rabbi Shabtay Eliezer Baron from Minsk, wrote about the rabbi’s daughter. To this prestigious gallery of respected authors Avigail Graetz enters with honors….It is a one of a kind book that captivates the heart and sheds light on characters who are torn between tradition and modernity, between the United States and Israel, between sanity and craziness and between religion and freedom.”

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Here you can read the first chapter published last year in Jewish Fiction.net

Here you can read about my play in the Acco Festival published in Ynet culture it was titled: “Fighting to be a Jew”. My play Ona’at Devarim (Verbal Wrongs) was performed at the 27th Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theater and won a prize for set design and the use of original materials and their transformation into a stage concept.

Photographer: Nino Herman

Photographer: Nino Herman

CHILDREN PLAYING WITH CHICKEN FEATHERS NEAR A BUTCHER SHOP, AT JERUSALEM'S MEA SHE'ARIM MARKET.ילדים משחקים בנוצות עופות ליד חנות למכירת בשר, בשוק במאה שערים בירושלים.

CHILDREN PLAYING WITH CHICKEN FEATHERS NEAR A BUTCHER SHOP, AT JERUSALEM’S MEA SHE’ARIM MARKET.ילדים משחקים בנוצות עופות ליד חנות למכירת בשר, בשוק במאה שערים בירושלים.

 

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  • May 11, 2017 7:23 am

    Dear supporters, family and friends!
    Thank you so so much for supporting my translation project!
    When it’s all over I’ll send you more personal notes!
    I recently saw the film “La La land” and really identified with the closing song and it’s lyrics.
    I really felt how it describes me and more so this “crazy” project that against all odds I’m doing it:

    “Here’s to the ones who dream
    Foolish as they may seem
    Here’s to the hearts that ache
    Here’s to the mess we make.”

    This is the scene on you tube, no worries it’s not a spoiler to watch it, it’s a scene that stands by itself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLN38-TDM_s&t=28s

    And on a different note all though to me it’s the same- because it’s the note that belongs to the music of life and death and how they are connected.
    I wanted to share something with you.
    My novel was published four and a half years ago in Hebrew and shortly after that I gave birth to my daughter Shira.

    I want to quote an email I received from a friend that passed away the same week I gave birth. This friend was like family to me as she was part of the community we both grew up in. The conservative amazing community of American Jews who had a dream and a vision and came to live in Israel in a true Zionist act. They came down south when it really wasn’t as flourishing like these days and created a feminist liberal home. In the seventies!
    It really was tough… Some made Alyia with their children and I think I was the only one born and raised in the same house in Omer. You can see how our faiths were tied all along… I was the youngest among the second generation and considered the rebel (now I see that with out much cause) and yet this is my biography and Lora Warshawsky Livne was a pillar in this community like her parents and siblings.
    Someone I defiantly looked up to. She was able to belong and combine both the shul and family together with the vibrant secular life of our small town including the scouts that we both belonged too.
    I was lucky to have her read my novel and receive a few emails from her a few months before she died from cancer. She congratulated me and wrote she’s enjoying it a lot. She said she told her mother’s book club they must read it…..
    So in a way this is like prophecy to me. The book club she referred to is in English and ever since I know that many of my extended family, people who shaped who I am were not able to read it. (Some made the effort to read it in Hebrew including my mother that never reads Hebrew novels).
    So your not “supposed to” write a novel for your family and friends, but who says???
    The dreamers don’t really care, they do it any way with the hope and feeling that we are all alike and we can all benefit from a well written family story whether we know them or not.
    So thank you so much for supporting me and I dare to ask you to pass this dream on. It still needs to reach so many conservative- reform communities around the world that will enjoy my novel.
    Thank you, Avigail

2017-09-13
Shira Atik
"To Shira Atik"
2017-06-19
Genia Blaser
$18
"Mazal tov! So happy to support your work and I can't wait to read the book in English!"
2017-06-14
Fausthaus
$54
"Mahal tov! We are in awe!!! And send our love, Ruth Anne & Halley"
2017-06-07
Anonymous donor
2017-06-07
Ken and Sandy Jaray
"Glad to support this worthwhile effort."
2017-06-06
Anonymous donor
$40
2017-06-06
Rabbi Ari Saks
$22
"From a Conservative Rabbi's son (and grandson), I can't wait to read it!"
2017-06-04
Yael Terra Halevi
2017-06-04
Anonymous donor
2017-05-24
david Zisenwine
$100
2017-05-21
Rabbi Marion Shulevitz
$40
2017-05-12
Carla Fink
$200
2017-05-06
Anonymous donor
"With love to all the second generation Magen Avraham family"
2017-05-06
Erica & Peter
$28
"Mazal Tov and best wishesd"
2017-05-06
Erica & Peter
$28
"Mazal Tov & best wishes"
2017-05-05
Anonymous donor
"In honor of Avigail!"
2017-05-05
Stanley and Lifsa Schachter
2017-05-05
Zahava and Shlomo Guil
$100
2017-05-03
Anonymous donor
"Good luck with your project. I look forward to reading your book. BTW, for $150 can I get a tour of half of Tel Beersheva?"
2017-05-03
Anonymous donor
2017-05-03
Rabbi Carl M. Perkins
$22
"בהצלחה!"
2017-05-03
Rabbi Stephen Grundfast
$40
"Looking forward to reading your book. All the best."
2017-05-03
Rabbi Morris Allen
"Yasher Kochech. Looking forward to reading"
2017-05-03
Sheila and Ed
$100
2017-05-03
Anonymous donor
2017-05-02
Lite Sabin
$50
2017-05-02
Anonymous donor
"Please reserve painting #2 of Lore Herman's painting for me"
2017-05-02
Gideon Lin
$22
"good luck"
2017-05-02
Barbara Trustin Taxman
$18
"Looking forward to reading your book"
2017-05-01
Anonymous donor
2017-05-01
Nancy Coren
$18
"Your father is from my hometown, Lincoln, NE. I knew your grandparents very well. Wishing you much success."
2017-05-01
Gary Hill
$100
2017-05-01
Jo Even Caspi
2017-05-01
Marty Flam
$22
"Mazal Tov!"
2017-04-14
Jesse Shapiro
$18
2017-04-14
Esther Goldstein Lerman
2017-04-13
Naomi Graetz
"This donation is in honor of Charlotte Lebovics"
2017-04-13
Nino & Tchiya Herman
$100
"Happy and proud of this talented young writer with a warm and smart heart."
2017-04-13
Dot
$50
"Good luck babush"

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Support self published novel “A rabbi’s daughter” translated from Hebrew to English

$2,549   raised
GOAL: $9,000

39

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Avigail Graetz
Tel Aviv District

My name is Avigail Graetz and I was born in Israel in 1975. B.A. in film and a M.F.A literature. I teach about "Israeli Society as Seen through Film" for the Overseas Program at Ben-Gurion University and teach “Mindfulness” MBSR at IDC Herziliya. (So i guess i'm a teacher) I wrote four plays that were shown on stage. My most recent play, "In Case I'm Not Around", was performed at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem in 2016 and is still running. (So i guess i'm a play write) I was awarded the PARDES Fellowship program at the National Library of Israel, for my debut novel, A Rabbi’s Daughter. I had a weekly column that integrated the “Portion of the Week” with Buddhist philosophy. (So i guess i'm a writer!) And I'm a mother since 2013!

  • A Hebrew copy of the book.
    1 claimed

    A Hebrew copy for an Israeli friend or if you want to challenge your Hebrew:) + the most personal dedication I can write.

  • A copy of the book in English
    10 claimed

    A copy of the book in English + I love writing personal dedications. Tell me who you are and I promise to do my best in English with no spelling mistakes....

  • My book plus my mother's!!! Rabbi's daughter and The rabbi's wife...
    0 claimed out of 5 available

    My book is titled "A rabbi's daughter" but it's really a lot about mother hood! here you can get an English copy and a copy of my mothers mystery novel called: "The rabbi's wife plays at murder" written by Naomi Graetz

  • Bilingual pack Two books
    7 claimed out of 10 available

    Bilingual pack Two books; 1 in English 1 in Hebrew.

  • Combo Graetz- 3 novels. Mine, My mother's and my sister in law!!!
    4 claimed out of 5 available

    Combo Graetz! My sister in law Shirley Graetz is also a writer! here you can get an English copy of my novel, 1 copy of the highly recommended historical novel "She wrote on clay" by Dr. Shirley Graetz and 1 copy of my mothers Naomi Graetz mystery novel called: "the rabbi's wife plays at murder".

  • Nino Herman's posters
    2 claimed out of 20 available

    Nino Herman is an Israeli art-photographer and also my partner's father. Here you can choose from the Small Poster Signed. Size 8" x 11" https://get.google.com/albumarchive/106608324564510583666/album/AF1QipOGX1PGDyRWrL1hyLttHcpw6cUoZqsvPOogKr0X?source=pwa YOU NEED TO COPY THE LINK AND PASTE IT IN ORDER TO SEE THE PICTURES Or bigger sized poster Large Signed Poster Print 19.6" x 13" - 50cm x 33cm https://plus.google.com/photos/106608324564510583666/album/6285362729990332865 FOR MORE OF NINO'S PICTURES: www.ninoherman.com

  • ORIGINAL PAINTING BY Lore Herman + the book in what ever language you choose
    3 claimed out of 10 available

    Lore Herman (1921-1989) drew the cover for the book in the 1980's. She was an artist, an art teacher and an author of a memoir about her Holocaust surviving experience describing among other things the sad loss of her twin brother Heini. She was also the beloved grandmother of my partner. In the link below you can choose from her original paintings: One of each. Please copy the link to view the pictures and write in your comments the number of the picture you would want to have. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP6WNeTI6A-XpvOqUAEpvy-o333n-PIKLvkJ4j_6n7we698U1K_BFru5f_uY3Z6sQ?key=N3UtMFN0Ny1FMmVJenFVTWpYaVBXYjg1MzhGQkZn

  • Meet the author for coffee in NYC/Boston/Chicago during July-August + the book in what ever language you choose
    0 claimed out of 2 available

    Glad to announce that my small family will be visiting this summer in the united states- east coast. I'll be glad to meet you for coffee and discuss writing/mindfulness/Israeli film or anything else that comes to mind. A lecture in a house meeting/synagogue can also be arranged.

  • A tour with Rabbi Michael Graetz to the archaeological site of
    1 claimed out of 2 available

    "Tel Beer -Sheba" is a very impressing site out side of the city of Beer- sheva. My father Rabbi Michael Graetz who was a great inspiration for writing the book (and my life) will happily take you there and add from his huge knowledge and experience. In the book there's actually a scene of visiting the site so you will have a double layer in your tour!

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