Back Of Beyond

Author : Dvora Waysman

Available : Rented
Age Group :Juvenile
An exciting spiritual adventure. When 12-year-old Danny sees a contest to win a trip to Australia, he works hard to develop the winning entry. Unfortunately, the vacation comes just before his Bar Mitzvah and at a time when his parents cannot go along. Accompanied by a chaperon and his older sister Rebecca, he sets off on his dream trip. When Muri, an Aborigine boy who works in the hotel where they are staying, asks him to go for a walk, Danny finds himself on a walkabout in the ´´back of beyond,´´ immersed in an alien culture. While Rebecca and their chaperon work desperately to get him back, Danny has become part of Muri´s ritual of manhood. Lost and dependent on his new friend who would like to make him his brother, Danny passes through a crisis of the soul that defines his awareness of himself as a Jew. With his sister´s help and his own judicious explanation to the Aborigines of how his culture and ritual forbids him to participate in their worship, though he is their friend, Danny is released. Safe at home he realizes that he has gained knowledge of another culture, but more importantly of his own. While written for a Jewish audience, this story should have wider appeal. The characters in this Orthodox family and the sibling friction will be familiar to readers of any religious background. The book also gives insight to the Bar Mitzvah for those who are unfamiliar with Jewish ritual. amazon.com

An exciting spiritual adventure. When 12-year-old Danny sees a contest to win a trip to Australia, he works hard to develop the winning entry. Unfortunately, the vacation comes just before his Bar Mitzvah and at a time when his parents cannot go along. Accompanied by a chaperon and his older sister Rebecca, he sets off on his dream trip. When Muri, an Aborigine boy who works in the hotel where they are staying, asks him to go for a walk, Danny finds himself on a walkabout in the ´´back of beyond,´´ immersed in an alien culture. While Rebecca and their chaperon work desperately to get him back, Danny has become part of Muri´s ritual of manhood. Lost and dependent on his new friend who would like to make him his brother, Danny passes through a crisis of the soul that defines his awareness of himself as a Jew. With his sister´s help and his own judicious explanation to the Aborigines of how his culture and ritual forbids him to participate in their worship, though he is their friend, Danny is released. Safe at home he realizes that he has gained knowledge of another culture, but more importantly of his own. While written for a Jewish audience, this story should have wider appeal. The characters in this Orthodox family and the sibling friction will be familiar to readers of any religious background. The book also gives insight to the Bar Mitzvah for those who are unfamiliar with Jewish ritual. amazon.com

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