[Book Review] Letters from Planet Corona by Chaya Passow

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By Chaya Passow

As Covid-19 spread throughout Israel, author Chaya Passow found herself living in a strange new world. In an effort to process this strange new planet we all seemed to have landed on, Passow wrote a series of letters over the course of months from Purim to the High Holidays.

Passow offers very insightful views of this strange new planet we have been living on for the past ten months. Her writings offer wit and wisdom to these difficult times. I appreciated her use of Jewish thought, including references from the Torah and Talmud as she attempts to make sense of all this. Passow’s writing flows in a conversational style that feels like reading a letter or email from a friend across the social distance. The reader can easily find themself within her thoughts. I found the progression of her experience very relatable.

A great read as we process and look forward to returning to Earth in the coming months.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About This Author

Chaya Passow is a graduate of Stern College in New York, majoring in English literature. She taught English at Hebrew University High School, an elite secondary school in Jerusalem. Today, a sought-after lecturer and teacher of Jewish studies both in formal and informal settings, she has had multiple careers, including significant periods as a Weight Watchers lecturer, a small-business executive, and a teach of Jewish subjects in elementary school in the USA. Since immigrating to Israel in 2002, she has been living her dream of residing in Jerusalem, together with her husband Eli, and enjoying being savta (grandmother) to a large cohort of beautiful grandchildren.

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