The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
fiction written about Jewish themes, religions, concerns
- The story must speak to the Jewish experience, clarify and enhance the Jewish identity.
- The story should work toward understanding the Jewish community.
- The Jewish community is diverse, international, and multi-continent.
- The story should display a deeply rooted belief in the power of words to create and re-create reality.
- There is no ‘right’ way to develop Jewish characters, plots, and stories because they are so diverse but there are ‘wrong’ ways. See above.
- Understand how religious your character is. That will make a big difference in how s/he is portrayed in the story.
- You may want to know where your characters came from originally. For example, Sephardi Jews (from Spain, Southern Europe, Middle East) have different customs from Ashkenazi.
- Be aware of Jewish stereotypes, like the rich Jewish financial CEO. It will sound like a stereotype so approach it carefully.
- Judaism is culture and religion.
- Tevye The Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem
- Rabbis and Wives by Chaim Grade
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
- The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories by Cynthia Ozick
- Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
- The Big Book of Jewish Humor by William Novak and Moshe Waldoks
- Herzog by Saul Bellow
- The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
More J Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, July 2021.