By Tommy Tenney
Bestselling writer Tommy Tenney expands the intense tale of Esther like no novelist has performed earlier than. either a mystery and a Jewish woman's memoir, Hadassah takes readers to old Persia (now often called Iraq), into the interior sanctum of the palace and again out into the warfare zones of conflict and political intrigue. This gripping drama of an easy peasant lady selected over many extra certified applicants to turn into Esther, Queen of Persia, captures the mind's eye and fires the feelings of guys and ladies alike.
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Sacks’s unflinching willingness to spell out the weaknesses of the Anglo Jewish community was an example of the new strategy of insecurity that emerged in the British Jewish community in the early 1990s. If the principal preoccupation of an earlier generation of Jewish communal leaders had Research and the ‘Reflexive Turn’ in Anglo Jewry 39 been to ensure the security of Jews in the UK, by the early 1990s the principal preoccupation became to motivate action to make the longterm survival of Jewish identity and of Jewish community in the UK secure.
36 Turbulent Times The post-war period also saw the gradual accession of women to communal leadership positions. Jackie Tabick was ordained as Britain’s first woman rabbi in 1975 and other women rabbis have become prominent in the Reform and Liberal movements, particularly Julia Neuberger (ordained soon after Tabick), who is now a Liberal Democrat peer with a high public profile. Although no woman has been president of the Board of Deputies or other representative organizations, Rosalind Preston and Jo Wagerman have both been vice-presidents and held other important leadership roles.
As Shalom Charikar wrote in 1985, looking back on Enoch Powell’s incendiary ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech: Jewish Community and Jewish Leadership in the UK 29 The Jewish Chronicle in its editorial condemned it. Labour MPs, including Jewish Labour MPs, also condemned the speech … But a specific Jewish response? There was none. And to me and other Black Jews, this silence by the Jewish leadership was audible. For an official Jewish reaction we had to wait a month. The question was raised at a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews … – not as part of its agenda, but from the floor.
Hadassah: One Night With the King by Tommy Tenney