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The Doctor And The Rabbi

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"'The Doctor and the Rabbi' is a short but intense story about the modern interplay of faith and reason, and it moves quickly to the heart of the matter, from the doctor's doubt to the rabbi's dependence on his care," writes Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet and guest editor of this issue, in her introduction. "Its two characters remain unnamed, at once specific and universal, a rationalist doctor and his fiercely patient rabbi struggling with the eternal questions of doubt, belief, mercy, and love - over coffee and over medical tasks - as they sort through donation piles for a holiday gift drive. In lines like this, Bender expertly sketches out intellectual conundrums in a deeply human way: 'He wondered if giving her atheist blood might in fact turn her into an atheist, and he felt guilty at the thought but also pleased - like she could come over to his house and they could browse his bookshelves, shoulder-to-shoulder, and read Sartre together, or a dash of Camus, and then stand on chairs in old-fashioned hats and drop apples from great heights to the floor.'"

About the author:
Aimee Bender is the author of the novels The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a New York Times bestseller, and An Invisible Sign of My Own, and of the collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Wild Creatures. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

About the Guest Editor:
Tablet magazine is a National Magazine Award-winning online publication covering Jewish life. Founded in 2009, it has become, in the words of New York Magazine, "a must-read for young politically and culturally engaged Jews" - one committed to political analysis and sophisticated cultural inquiry as well as fun. It can be found at

About the Publisher:
Electric Literature is an independent publisher working to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture. Electric Literature's weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, invites established authors, indie presses, and literary magazines to recommended great fiction. Once a month we feature our own recommendation of original, previously unpublished fiction, accompanied by a Single Sentence Animation. Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations: the author chooses a favorite sentence and we commission an artist to interpret it. Stay connected with us through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and find previous Electric Literature picks in the Recommended Reading archives.


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September 2013 : USA Kindle edition

Title: "The Doctor and the Rabbi" (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading Book 68)
Author(s): Aimee Bender
Publisher: Electric Literature
Availability: Amazon