Join Rabbi Eliana for a Jewish themed reading of “The World to Come by Dara Horn.
Former child prodigy Ben Ziskind—5’6″, 123 pounds and legally blind—steals a Marc Chagall painting at the end of an alienating singles cocktail hour at a local museum, determined to prove that its provenance is tainted and that it belongs to his family. With surety and accomplishment, Horn telescopes out into Ziskind’s familial history through an exploration of Chagall’s life; that of Chagall’s friend the Yiddish novelist Der Nister; 1920s Soviet Russia and its horrific toll on Russian Jews; the nullifying brutality of Vietnam, where Ben’s father, Daniel, served a short, terrifying stint; and the paradoxes of American suburbia, a place where native Ben feels less at home than the teenage Soviet refugee Leonid Shcharansky.
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