The Rabbi's Daughter
A True Story of Sex, Drugs and Orthodoxy
By Reva Mann
'Hard to put down - it's so personal and raw.' Sunday Times Magazine
Brutally honest, beautifully written, THE RABBI'S DAUGHTER is the compulsive story of a woman trying to find love, and struggling to make peace with her faith, her parents, and ultimately herself.
Reva Mann was a wild child. Granddaughter of the Chief Rabbi of Israel and daughter of a highly respected London Rabbi, she rebelled strongly and so began a desperate search to discover who she was. In a whirlwind of sex and drugs, Reva strove to leave her strict family life behind her and find her own path.
When, years later, Reva decides she wants to return to her Jewish faith, she leaves London and enters a woman's yeshiva in Jerusalem. Driven by a strong yearning to return to a higher level of spirituality, she is determined to find a strictly orthodox holy man to marry and have children. So Reva begins a new life, wanting to suppress her former desires and needs, and to find her way to God.
In this honest and often shocking memoir, Reva presents to us the secret world of ultra Orthodox Judaism. Fascinating insights into modern day matchmakers, ritual baths, sexual codes of conduct and Jewish practice are depicted, and Revas journey is brought to life in stunning detail.
Reva Mann is the daughter of a highly respected, orthodox London rabbi and granddaughter of the Chief Rabbi of Israel. Reva grew up in central London and moved to Israel in 1979. She lives in Jerusalem with her three children.
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03 Apr 2008
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Sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes very funny, Reva Mann's story is a fascinating glimpse into a hidden world, — Elle Magazine
Fascinating and harrowing in equal measure... — Daily Express
An incredible journey of rediscovery. — This Morning, ITV
There are moments of profound insight . . . read this book and then hide it from the kids! — Jewish Telegraph
The mantra of sex'n'drugs'n'rock'n'roll might have been coined for Reva Mann . . . the book at times makes one gasp aloud, she has done a service by opening a window on the strictly Orthodox world. — Jewish Chronicle
Gripping, harrowing and devastatingly honest. — Naomi Alderman
A fascinating journey . . . This is a searingly honest account of one woman's struggle with her faith and her health. — The Good Book Guide
Makes for riveting, compulsive reading. — Elle Magazine USA
For all her industrious bad behaviour, it is the quieter episodes of this candid memoir that are the most interesting; illuminating a quest of universal interest and fascinating local detail — Daily Mail