About The Dybbuks by Spokane, Washington author, Sue McClelland avialble for free kindle download on December 17-18, 2017 for Hanukkah
"Immigration has never been easy-moving to a new country, learning a new language, and adapting to new cultural norms can be the most difficult thing a person ever does. Immigrating is not easy today nor has it been easy in the past. About the Dybbuks, a collection of short stories by Sue Lindenberg McClelland, addresses these issues from a personal/family point of view.
Sue's grandparents and extended family, those who survived the pogroms, immigrated to the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Riga, Latvia in the early 1900s . The Hill District was full of Jewish, Irish, and Italian immigrants. Most were poor, and all were attempting to keep their native language and culture while at the same time needing to learn English, understand the new culture, survive, and prosper.
The book is sensitive and well written. The author, a retired therapist, understands human nature and the problems we create for ourselves. For the uninformed, including me, there is a helpful glossary of Yiddish terms in the back of the book. This was a peek into many of our ancestors' experiences. It is also a reminder of the challenges immigrants face today." -Pamela Pollack-Fremd, San Diego Jewish World Book Review
The Wall Street Journal: "There is humor and heartbreak in these pages...Ms. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life."
The Jewish Standard: “Brilliant, beautifully written, sensitive, original."
The Jerusalem Post: "A beautiful and inspiring book. Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by [Kurshan's] personal story.”
American Jewish World: “So engrossing I hardly could put it down.”
"Jewish Community of the Palouse (JCP) Sisterhood Book Group. Our first book, If All the Seas Were Ink, was received with a wide range of emotions and an abundance of thought provoking conversation. Many of us in the group are interested in doing our own Daf Yomi and Rabbi Elizabeth Goldstein has just started hers." Warmly, Jesica Sweedler DeHart