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MAKING MEANING OUT OF MADNESS: A Jewish Journey by Miranda Portnoy

MAKING MEANING OUT OF MADNESS: A Jewish Journey

by Miranda Portnoy

388 pages
Combining a memoir, Cinder-oy-la!, with provocative essays, Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey offers one woman’s inspirational story of returning to faith along with compelling arguments for the truth of the Hebrew Bible.

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About the Book
How does a saucy, leftist Jewish girl, a victim of egregious child abuse, end up happily married to a noble and prestigious Orthodox Jewish bachelor?

A surreal, devastating journey leaves Miranda Portnoy alone with nowhere to turn. Scapegoated by a murderer, betrayed by her lover, and driven to her knees, Portnoy witnesses something astonishing when she turns to the God she doesn’t yet believe in.

Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey reveals Portnoy’s voyage from traumatic American Jewish childhood to marrying a choice Orthodox Jewish husband in Jerusalem. In a harrowing yet comical memoir, which brings her by turns into the arms of a Tantric master and face to face with the Divine, double-crossed by Ivy League administrators and encountering less than savory activities at an Orthodox Jewish seminary, Portnoy emerges from it all with faith.

This odyssey of an estranged Jew finding herself over two tumultuous years could be read as a parable for the Jewish people, who are haunted by menacing anti-Semitism today. In wry, athletic prose wrought by tribulation, Portnoy acquaints her audience with mysticism, healing, and redemption as she experiences these herself in this inspiring survivor’s tale.

In the second section of her book, Portnoy challenges agnostic assumptions in three well-researched, provocative essays. Taking aim at the spiritual skepticism fostered by contemporary academia, she offers an utterly novel, commonsense proof of classic Jewish principles.

This memoir and essay collection is bound to capture the hearts and minds of Jews who have wandered too far from the God who loves them—compelling them, and all of us, to not only reexamine our convictions, but perhaps, rediscover our souls. You will find insight within for overcoming anti-Semitism.

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Note: The story published in this memoir and essay collection appears by itself in Cinder-oy-la! How a Jewish Scapegoat Becomes a Princess (© 2021 Miranda Portnoy).

 

Reviews
“A searing, tell-all memoir of Jewish tragedy and redemption that will keep you reading.”
- Sherri Mandell, author of The Blessing of a Broken Heart
“A heartfelt, honest, at times harrowing, and inspiring memoir that reminds us of the indomitable human spirit.”
- Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith, Chief Editor, Aish.com
“Miranda Portnoy’s essay chronicling proofs of God’s plan for the Jewish people is stunning. Her love for her faith and fervent wish to share its truth and beauty with her co-religionists will touch the hearts of readers.”
- Judy Gruen, author of The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith

 

Related Title
  • CINDER-OY-LA! How a Jewish Scapegoat Becomes a Princess by Miranda Portnoy
    Scapegoated, abused and betrayed, Miranda Portnoy witnesses something astonishing when she turns to the God she doesn’t yet believe in. Clumsily growing to embrace Judaism, she is blessed beyond her dreams as the Little Match Girl becomes a princess.

 

About the Author
Miranda Portnoy is an American Ivy League university graduate living in Israel, writing under a pseudonym. What she reveals about her past would be scandalous in the traditional Jewish world in which she happily dwells with her family today.

 

 

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