Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls

A Novel

Book - 1998
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1970s. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish congregation led by Rabbi Kirshner summer each year in the Catskills. Area residents resent the summer people developing the wilds. There is also discord in the Kirshner household as the elderly rabbi decides which of his sons will be his successor. Other members of the synagogue struggle with maintaining their traditions in a secular world.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780385323895
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm.


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thart Oct 19, 2011

Read for book club (7/2011). I enjoyed this novel and felt that I learned a bit as well. It was interesting to see how a tight-nit group of Orthodox Jews related to each other in this summer vacation setting. The question of allegiance to a particular rabbi and the struggle to remain a good and faithful woman to this group while yearning for a small gesture of independence and something to have as her own was really touching (a store). Despite having zero in common with Elizabeth Shulman, I could still identify with her and felt that I could understand her, which to me, shows that the author wrote quite well. There is also a bit of revelation to be had here about small-town life and how "summer people," no matter how good they are, will never be totally welcomed by the locals.


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