About the Author


Ruchama Feuerman

Ruchama Feuerman lived in Israel for ten years, where she taught Torah in various venues, and then returned to the U.S. to get her MFA in Fiction. Seven Blessings, her celebrated first novel about matchmaking, earned her the praise of the New York Times. Her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, was hailed in the Wall Street Journal, made several best-novel-of-the-year lists, and was optioned to be made into a movie. She has written – and ghost written – books for children, young adults and adults. Ruchama lives in NJ with her husband and family, and helps people create their own novels, memoirs, books of non-fiction, as well as books for children.


What Happened When I Took a Cell Phone Break for 730 Days

These cell phones sneak up on you, curl themselves around you, purr in your ear and tend to your every whim and need. Then one day they own you.

I Don't Want to Stand Out as a Jew Anymore

I’m afraid the diversity blanket spreading over America won’t cover me.

The Bathroom Blessing Whisperer

The sublime act of thanking God after going to the bathroom.

Teaching Kids to be a Jewish Hero

Five ways to help our children realize their hero potential.

Who Gets to Pray on the Temple Mount?

It pains me that I can’t pray there. But it’s not an Arab woman who is preventing me.

Obsessed with the Holocaust

It’s crazy, I know, but I often imagine another Holocaust is right around the corner.

Sukkot and the Single Woman

A holiday of thankfulness and self-invention.

The Evil Eye Remover

Worldly problems deserve an otherworldly response – for $101.

My Song

From singing with Gloria Estefan to women-only concerts. One of the most talented female singers in the Jewish world speaks her mind.

Holy Chutzpah

Remembering Simcha Esther Gershan.

Tell a Story, Raise a Child

No matter how much my kids resent my daily barrage of "no's," I still have that special bond that happens every night when I tell them a story.

A Tree Falls in Boro Park

After ten years, Jerusalem had yielded no career and no man. It was time to go to the city of intense dating.

My Father, the Hassid

Most parents will embarrass their children. The question is: how?

A House of Matches

In Jerusalem you can feel the very trees conspiring to marry off its inhabitants.

Chanukah Eyes

How can our homemade menorahs compete with all the dazzling lights of Christmas?

The Last Kindness

One night the hevra kadisha called. Despite my squeamishness, they needed my help.

A Soldier and an Old Woman

In Israel's darkest moment, outnumbered and surrounded by enemies, an old woman sees what no one else can see.

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