"The Rabbi's Daughter / The Rabbi's Son / The Goldberg Family Conversion"
by Zalman Velvel
The idea for these novellas appeared one summer day in 2004.
"Zalman," the Rebbetzin asked on shabbos, "would you tell a story to the campers?"
The campers were a group of eighty Hasidic girls, ages ten through fourteen, and their counselors, ages eighteen through twenty. They were spending the summer at his synagogue's sleep-away camp.
So by accident, Zalman found himself in a different role than a story writer, where he had a safe distance from his audience. No, he was going to be up close and personal.
First, he adapted the series, "The Goldberg Family Conversion" to an oral reading. It grew into a novella.
Then he wrote a new series of stories, "The Rabbi's Daughter," about two fourteen year old girls. One was a daughter of a Chabad Rabbi, the other a non-observant girl. They were thrown together by an accident, and a challenging friendship followed. This also grew into a novella.
The Rabbi's Son was the series that followed. It was about the fifteen year old son of a great Rabbi, who was expelled from yeshiva for the third time. Another novella.
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Read what other readers had to say about The Rabbi's Daughter:
Rivka from Brooklyn
I loved listening to The Rabbi's Daughter. Zalman really captured my interest, and also my friends', on Shabbos. Mushky was my favorite character.
Rachel from Borough Park
The Rabbi's Son was my favorite series. It was funny, and at the same, very touching. I knew someone just like that in yeshiva and he was very cute .. oh, I shouldn't say that!
Miriam from Detroit
I liked the young Rabbi in the Goldberg Family Conversion. He was funny, and even though he had no hair, I'll bet he was very distinguished looking.
Shoshana from Tel Aviv
I assigned these novellas to the girls I am teaching now and they enjoy reading them, and discussing them afterwards. Zalman brings up a lot of important topics, but he makes them fun to read.
Ariela from West Palm
I definitely liked "the Rabbi's Daughter" the best because Zalman named the main character after me, after he found out I would rather read his stories than watch TV, or play with the Wii.
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