Letters to Josep, the blog, is a collection of letters to a Christian friend of mine from Barcelona about Judaism and life in Israel. The book, Letters to Josep: An Introduction to Judaism, is a selection of letters from the blog with a focus on explaining the basics of Orthodox Jewish life. Born out of a real friendship, the letters blend warmth and humor with sharp insight and nuance.
Unlike other books about Judaism that may be austere or highly theoretical, reading Letters to Josep is like sitting down for a chat with a knowledgeable friend about her life as an Orthodox Jew. A perfect gift for anyone who’s curious about Judaism, especially those who might be intimidated by other sources.
The premise of the book can be compared to that of Israeli bestseller Letters to Talia (English edition by Gefen, 2012). The friendship depicted in Letters to Josep, however, spans a much greater geographical and cultural distance. This makes it accessible to much more diverse audience.