I'm Judy Petsonk. I’m the author of Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life, and the co-author, with Jim Remsen, of The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians. In my new novel, Queen of the Jews, I will introduce you to a real queen — dead, unfortunately — who ruled the independent nation of Judea in the century before Jesus was born. She was a contemporary of three Cleopatras, though not the one you’re thinking of. Though you may never have heard of her, she has had an enormous influence on your life and Western civilization in general. Her chaotic, colorful times may remind you a lot of our own. Like Queen Salome Alexandra (Shalom-Zion), the heroine of the novel, I am the mother of two young adults, I’ve been married for nearly 30 years, and I’m ‘a woman of a certain age.’ But my husband and children are truly lovable and bear no resemblance to the family of Shalom-Zion.
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Buy TAKING JUDAISM PERSONALLY
Mystics, feminists, and non-observant Jews exploring tradition share their spiritual journeys in this richly personal book. Opens a wide variety of possibilities in contemporary Jewish life to those seeking a spiritual home in Judaism.
Buy THE INTERMARRIAGE HANDBOOK
A comprehensive, immensely practical self-help book for intermarried families and those who love them.