Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde #2019

Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde Rebecca Dana Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde For a generation of women who grew up watching Sex and the City Manhattan is the Promised Land or as Rebecca Dana puts it in her hilarious self deprecating new memoir it s my Jerusalem the shining

  • Title: Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde
  • Author: Rebecca Dana
  • ISBN: 9780425264935
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde Rebecca Dana For a generation of women who grew up watching Sex and the City, Manhattan is the Promised Land or as Rebecca Dana puts it in her hilarious, self deprecating new memoir, it s my Jerusalem the shining city off in the distance, the only place to go An insightful tale of two fish out of water O Magazine Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Eph For a generation of women who grew up watching Sex and the City, Manhattan is the Promised Land or as Rebecca Dana puts it in her hilarious, self deprecating new memoir, it s my Jerusalem the shining city off in the distance, the only place to go An insightful tale of two fish out of water O Magazine Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of moving to New York After college, life in the city turned out just as she d planned glamorous parties beautiful people the perfect job, apartment and man But when it all comes crashing down, she is catapulted into another world She moves into Brooklyn s Lubavitch community, and lives with Cosmo, a young Russian rabbi and jujitsu enthusiast While Cosmo faces his disenchantment with Orthodoxy, Rebecca finds that her religion the books and films that made New York seem like salvation has also failed her Shuttling between the worlds of religious extremism and secular excess, faith and fashion, Rebecca goes on a search for meaning A mix of Shalom Auslander and The Odd Couple, Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde is a thought provoking tale for the twenty first century Includes a Readers Guide
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    1. Whenever I read a memoir by a writer who is unknown to me and not a freshly rehabilitated drug addict strangers I will blindly read , it always inspires a variation of the same fan fiction about how this book came to be In the case of Rebecca Dana s Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde it goes like this Scene Modern day dinner party Characters Would be memoirist standing at a table covered in top shelf booze surrounded by a gaggle of tipsy friends and acquaintances on tippier shoes Writer So the [...]

    2. I was expecting something funnier, with a detailed relationship between the rabbi the blonde.It is really about the author s journey after a breakup, thinking about life, future, how to cope what to do with her life I wanted of the relationship with Cosmo, and felt short changed a little.

    3. This memoir of an occasionally hard partying, fashion obsessed Manhattan woman who relocates to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after a break up to become the platonic roommate of a jujtisu studying Hasidic Russian rabbi named Cosmo seems like a good premise, right What s not to like For some reason, I could not get through this book I have a new policy about putting books aside if I m not feeling them something I didn t do for a very, very long time Despite that policy, I stuck this [...]

    4. Rebecca Dana is a native of Pittsburgh who always wanted to live in Manhattan After a break up with her long time boyfriend, she ended up living in a rodent infested walk up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn Her roommate is a young rabbi with many religious friends in the neighborhood It may have been a setback in her life, but I was tickled to hear about how the Lubavitchers , a sect of ultra conservative Jews, live their everyday lives Young women with wigs and hordes of young children [...]

    5. I won this book from First Reads in trade for my honest review.How do you rate someone s life story How they perceive it in a book, I suppose I thought that I was going to enjoy this one I thought it was going to be cleverly witty, but it wasn t the author tried too hard by going into way too much detail to reach her point, and by the time she reach said point you kinda lost interest in what she was getting at I thought that it would get into the relationship of what the title implied as well So [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, although it suffers from a little superficiality It s a self discovery story that doesn t take itself too seriously I would have liked of the jujitsu rabbi himself, and some greater exploration of what she learned about herself from hanging out with her Hasidic neighbors, but overall I recommend this title as a light and easy read.

    7. I received this book from as an advance readers copy and finished it last night I m still kind of ambivalent about it Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde A True Story tells the story of two intertwined lives that of the author, Rebecca, who has lost her faith in the one thing she believes in, New York and all its promises, and Cosmo, a thirty year old rabbi who has lost his religion, and his sense of self The book begins with the author explaining her hope to leave Pennsylvania and start a new [...]

    8. The writing was not bad It s just that I d read the prologue and the title hence my borrowing it from the SPL , and the subsequent 250ish pages failed to really expand upon or improve on it.While I appreciated that the author could make fun of the origins of her rather vapid worldview values at times, I couldn t help but thinking that the whole topic was just not very daring subject matter I mean, think about any other situation in which someone s ticket to life is punched the author has a degre [...]

    9. In JUJITSU RABBI AND THE GODLESS BLOND, Rebecca Dana chronicles her love of all things New York the fashion, the culture, the trend setters and the city itself After coming out of a devastating break up and moving into an apartment with a Russian rabbi, she examines her life relationships, work, worshiping at the altar of New York and tries to figure out if her chosen religion, following the guru Carrie Bradshaw, is what she needs to be doing with her life Self indulgent A little She seemed comp [...]

    10. When this book first landed in my hands, I thought, Great, yet another memoir by a Carrie Bradshaw wannabe whose Sex in the City lifestyle falls apart after a breakup There were parts of the book that were just tiresome the name dropping Tina Brown Tina Brown , and the accounts of clubs and bars and parties that made up her vapid Manhattan existence But what was so refreshing about the memoir and made me keep reading is that Rebecca Dana is so damn unapologetic about what she wanted out of life [...]

    11. Bare in mind that the reviewer is a 60 year plus male who is reading about many things that are not high on his list of interests like New York City, fashion week and Lubavitch Judaism and I still went with four stars So that should indicate the book is very well written and captured my audience even though its subject was far outside the middle America where I live Ms Dana writes realistically and humorously about the ups and downs in her life in the big city She was a girl in Pittsburgh that a [...]

    12. It s difficult to feel a sympathetic connection to an author who says things like In a world full of people like me do you get anyone to care about anything and Do as much good in the world as you can, and make some money doing it p 232 Most of the sane world will think this is insipid p 197 Pretty much sums it up This isn t a horrible book, I just can t relate to it and it s not for me If you love fashion and think Sex the City is the best show ever made, this book may be for you.This review is [...]

    13. Gratuitous use of rabbi to sell a rambling slice of the author s life Dana repeatedly calls being a mother shallow and confining this from a woman who paid someone to asphyxiate her for a near death experience toward spiritual awakening It is hard to believe that Dana has made her living writing Very little humor and a bit of insight into the Hasidic Jewish life by a shallow, self centered narrator.

    14. I really thought this book would be about a jujitsu rabbi and a godless blonde, but it s mostly about the godless blonde Rebecca s relationship breaks up and she finds herself plunged into misery Needing a new place to live, she ends up in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, living in a very orthodox Jewish community with a Lubavitch rabbi who works at a copy shop She and Cosmo have a good relationship, but the book is mostly about Rebecca s life and Cosmo the rabbi is only a bit player.

    15. For a generation of women weaned on episodes of Sex and the City, the raw reality of New York can come as a surprise Sure there are ample opportunities for brunch, but newspaper columnists with a closet full of Monolos As if Rebecca Dana s memoir is about the disappointments and revelations of New York after she found a way to fit into the fancy world and cover the bill As an infant New Yorker myself, and one raised on the same formula, there was a lot that resonated for me in Jujitsu Rabbi and [...]

    16. I m speaking cautiously because I m in the process of writing a memoir I m also an unknown who thinks she has an entertaining story, so I m going to be understanding here bc I want my book judged objectively.That being said, I think this story has so much potential that wasn t tapped I felt that there was too much exposition too much explaining and telling and not enough showing There was dialogue, but it didn t really make the characters richer or add to the narrative much of that was just told [...]

    17. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Rebecca Dana dreamed of the day she would come to New York to pursue the glamorous life she knew she was destined for Like so many young women influenced by Carrie Bradshaw s life in Sex in the City, Rebecca wanted to go to the right parties, wear the right clothes, date the right guys, and follow the right path I wish I wanted to fix cleft palates in Africa, but the truth is I wanted a glamorous life And once she settled in, she found a job as a columnist for The Daily [...]

    18. When I picked up this book, I figured it was about how two different people meet and unlikely though it may seem, become friends While Cosmo the jujitsu rabbi whose apartment the author ends up sharing and Rebecca interact and attend Jewish dinners and celebrations, this book is about the author s journey of discovering who she is, what she wants, and being OK with what she finds.At the beginning, I was a little bored Not that the author s beginnings in New York are dull and how can you not sim [...]

    19. I m really torn about Rebecca Dana s Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde I wanted to like it and at times I did, and very much so Yet there is a distance to the voice, an almost superficial tone that creeps up and discredits the authenticity.The basic premise Dana longs to live a Sex and the City type of life and moves to New York, becomes a successful journalist, meets the perfect guy who turns out to be not so perfect, and lives a fairytale life After this all falls apart, she moves to Brookl [...]

    20. It was an interesting exercise to read a memoir written by someone my age Dana has a fun, casual writing style, and her story of her year spent living in two completely different worlds was fascinating The author touches on a distinct challenge I believe many in my generation struggle with the search for real family, real community, real faith, real love, real anything In this age of Facebook friends who often don t know the first thing about you, and peer groups that are formed only through con [...]

    21. Received this book as a First Read Thank you to and the publisher for providing this copy for review I entered the drawing because the title and book description sounded promising I expected the godless blonde and the rabbi to passionately represent their positions and at the end, come to a meeting of the minds and hearts Not what happened Instead the book is a memoir of a young journalist, a Carrie Bradshaw wanna be , who finds herself rooming with a ultra Orthodox rabbi in Crown Heights The go [...]

    22. I didn t really know what to expect when I first downloaded Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde The title intrigued me so I gave it a try I am so glad I did.This non fiction account of 27 year old Rebecca Dana and her Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City Manhattan life and how it all came crashing down only to find herself the roommate of a young Russian Rabbi in Crown Heights is on the one side a journey into self realization and on the other side a discovery into self sabotage.Ms Dana found herse [...]

    23. I find many memoirs to be a bit pretentious as they meander through time and space attempting to give an individual s life greater meaning by connecting it to a larger societal context Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde certainly falls into this category, especially as the author admits to the shallowness of her life s ambitions Rebecca Dana s dream from childhood is to move to New York, living the life depicted in Sex and the City She achieves this dream with a job as a reporter giving her ac [...]

    24. Enjoyable, easy to read memoir of the year that Rebecca Dana lived with Cosmo the Orthodox Jewish rabbi, in Brooklyn Rebecca is a journalist with The Daily Beast, and when her boyfriend dumps her in Manhattan, she moved to Crown Heights and roomed with Cosmo, a Hasidic immigrant who is seriously questioning his faith.The book touches on Rebecca s friendship with Cosmo as the fodder for questioning life, but focuses on Rebecca s life and perspective of the glamorous fashion industry she writes a [...]

    25. I got this ARC in a Shelf Awareness giveaway and, once again, read it extremely belatedly Thank you to Shelf Awareness and Amy Einhorn Books This book was entertaining, no question I had a good time reading about Rebecca and her doubting rabbi roommate, but at the end I wasn t sure, I guess, what the POINT of the book was It seemed to me like she just reminisced and told a lot of stories from a certain period in her life, and then didn t really draw any lasting conclusions Mainly, this book is a [...]

    26. Dana s youthful angst makes this book read able Her book is a compare and contrast between the Orthodox customs practiced in Crown Heights and the SATC fashionista s of her workplace colleagues Her dearest friend in the Crown Heights set is her roommate, a.k.a, the jiujitsu rabbi, Cosmo She used to have the perfect boyfriend but he betrayed her and Dana starts to wonder whether the SATC dream that she was pursuing is really inferior to the life path set out by the Lubavitchers who she used to pi [...]

    27. This author tries to be a Sex in the City Carrie Bradshaw, but she never makes it A girl from Pittsbugh she actually went to Ellis , moves to NYC to become a journalist and live the glamorous life She gets a job at The Daily Beast and has an interesting boyfriend for a while and is living her version of the dream until it all falls apart The fact is, she s looking for the dream that some internal satisfaction She is broke and ends up moving to Brooklyn Crown Heights and moves in with a disillus [...]

    28. A MUST READ The hilarious self deprecating true story of Rebecca Dana, a true fashion DIVA hoping to emulate sex in the city Carrie Bradshaw s life After moving from PIttsburgh to escape a somewhat lonely and not so glamorous childhood Rebecca gets the boy, the dream job NY Observer and moves into a brownstone in the village until she finds out that the boyfriend cheats, moves out and with a 24,000 year job has to move to Brooklyn s unfashionable ultra orthodox Lubavitch enclave Crown Heights wh [...]

    29. An interesting, funny, and insightful collision of opposite cultures A 30 year old Russian immigrant Crown Heights Lubavitcher rabbi and a late 20 s Yale educated celebrity journalist Let s picture that for a moment Yes I think the title could have been improved upon but the content was satisfying I learned about the Lubavitchers and the often complex relationships and roles they maintain in their homes and societies I also relived a lot of what it felt like to live and work in NYC after college [...]

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