A personal note from Reva

“I want to reach out to you in my memoir, The Rabbi’s Daughter, with a message of hope.

If you have hit rock bottom or are just going through a hard time having to deal with divorce, cancer, mental illness or any other traumatic experience, my message to you is, stay with the pain. It will pass. Don’t try and numb yourself by self-destructive means. Don’t go for the bottle or the pill box. Let the pain ride. Do good things for yourself. Love yourself. Eat healthily and exercise. Treat yourself with respect and you will get through the knocks and bruises life constantly brings.

I know. I’ve been through it. It has been a long haul… but I’m on the way.”

Reva Mann,
Cheshvan 5768/October 2007

Reva Mann Portrait

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Reva’s biography

Reva Mann was born in 1957 and grew up in central London as the daughter of a well-respected rabbi. In her early twenties, she moved to Jerusalem, where her grandfather was the second Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. She has lived in Jerusalem for the past twenty-five years.

Reva studied English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Jewish studies at the Neve Yerushalayim Seminary. She taught English literature and Shakespeare for children. She has written a personal column for Jewish press in the UK and the USA for the past two years.

She is now writing a work of fiction about the Middle East and the coming of Messiah.

Reva lives with her three children.

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Photo Mark Yankus; design Jae Song

 

The Rabbi’s Daughter

In this honest, daring, and compulsively readable memoir, Reva Mann paints a portrait of herself as a young woman on the edge – of either revelation or self-destruction. Ricocheting between extremes of rebellion and piety, she is on a difficult but life-changing journey to inner truth.

The journey began with an unhappy childhood in a family where religion set the tone and deviations from it were not allowed. But Reva, who was the daughter of a highly respected London rabbi, was a wild child and she rebelled, spiralling into a whirlwind of sex and drugs by the time she reached adolescence.

As a young woman, however, Reva had a startling mystical epiphany which led her to a woman’s yeshiva in Israel, and eventually to marriage to the devoutly religious Torah scholar who she thought would take her to ever greater heights of spirituality. But can the path to spiritual fulfilment ever be compatible with the ecstasies of the flesh, or with the everyday joys of intimacy and pleasure to which she is also strongly drawn? With unflinching candour, Reva shares her struggle to carve out a life that encompasses all the impulses at war within herself.

An eye-opening glimpse into the world of the ultra-Orthodox and their elaborately coded rituals for eating, sleeping, bathing and love-making, as well as a deeply personal rumination on identity, faith and self-acceptance, this is at its heart a universal story. For those of any faith who have grappled with their own spiritual longings, and anyone fascinated by traditional religion and its role in modern society, Reva Mann’s chronicle of a journey toward redemption is an unforgettable read.

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