We are reading two books concurrently: “This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared” by Alan Lew, about “Jewish time” from Tisha b’Av through the month before Rosh Hashanah, the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
For August 19, please read Chapter 4, Elul.
For August 12, please read the first seven sections of “Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi” by MaNishtana. It’s about a 20-something black Orthodox rabbi in Brooklyn and his quest to figure out his life (the author is a black Orthodox rabbi whose family has been Jewish for hundreds of years).
For background, please listen to this podcast interview with the author
Please also listen to Rabbi Emily Cohen’s podcast episode 15 “But You Don’t Look Jewish: Race in Jewish Space”
Both books are available on Kindle and probably on Amazon. Used copies may be available on alibris.com or abebooks.com. You can download the Kindle app to your phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop; you don’t need a dedicated Kindle device.