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Today in Alternate History

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Novelist Michael Chabon, whose latest book, The Yiddish Policeman's Union (Ecco Books/Harper Collins 2007), is a murder mystery set in an alternate Jewish homeland in Alaska.

You can read the first few pages of the book at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Yiddish Policeman's Union is available for purchase at Amazon.com and as a thank-you gift for a pledge to WNYC.

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Michael Chabon

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Comments [1]

mark from nyc

I took offense at your implication that orthodox jews resort to hypocrisy in order to function within the bounds of jewish law. The prohibitions against carrying on the sabbath are mostly rabbinic, i.e. man-made. Therefore, the Rabbis were well within their prerogative to institute the concept of establishing symbolic boundaries (an eruv) that rendered "outdoor" space "indoor" space. There is no hypocrisy or inconsistency here.

May. 16 2007 11:43 AM

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