Simchat Torah: Background information when reading The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

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The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

by Isaac Blum

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The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum
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Simchat Torah

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Simchat Torah celebration in a synagogue, with participants holding scrolls and dancing Human connections are arguably at their most powerful when experienced through communal dance, music and other communication beyond words. Events such as these are highlighted numerous times in Isaac Blum's debut young adult novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, which creates a picture of Orthodox Jewish life that sears into one's mind. Nowhere does the power of collective tradition resonate more than in the book's depiction of the festive holiday Simchat Torah.

Literature lovers may be pleased to know that Religious Studies Professor Samuel L. Boyd likens the feelings present in the holiday to the process of completing a book: "Reading can cause many different emotions. For some people, beginning a new book produces excitement about where the narrative will take them. Then there's the pleasure of the plot itself, watching how events unfold. Finally, there's the sense of joy at the end: satisfaction, gratitude and anticipation at the prospect of beginning the journey ...

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