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Review: Please Say Kaddish For Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

July 1, 2018

Please Say Kaddish For Me – by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

About the Book

Jewish persecution under Russian Czar!

1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!

Russia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare occurrence. It is, however, a time for brave men. And brave women.

Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.

Love ignited, lost and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev’s Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.

My thoughts:


A powerful, raw, emotional book. In a nut shell this book is a must read.

Family is love and love makes family. This is a book that centers on family. Havah, the main character, suffers so much in her life, but amongst the tragedy and pain she somehow manages to find moments of happiness.

The world is a nightmare, the religion strict, the life hard. And yet there are glimmers of hope in hair not cut, in learning to read, in playing a piano. In Havah’s bravery against impossible odds.

Tragic events occur in the blink of an eye and are devastating in their consequences. Author Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is able to describe these brutal events simply but in a way that have profound impact on both the characters and the reader.

As a reader I think, how could this have happened? It could not happen now and yet… That is why books like these are so important. Reading a book like this is important. Family is important. Love is important.

I found this an emotional read and a brilliant book. I’ve already bought book two.

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