12 2021

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J.S. Mar­got (b. 1967) is a high­ly respect­ed jour­nal­ist and free­lance writer based in Antwerp. Her moth­er lan­guage is Dutch. An award-win­ning con­trib­u­tor to lead­ing nation­al news­pa­pers De Stan­daard and De Mor­gen, she has also writ­ten five nov­els and lec­tures reg­u­lar­ly in both the Nether­lands and Bel­gium. In 2017, she was award­ed the E. du Per­ronpri­js and the Prize for the best Reli­gious book from the VUKPP for Mazel Tov, which was also high­ly acclaimed in the Dutch and Bel­gian press. Mazel Tov has been trans­lat­ed into Ger­man, French, Pol­ish, Czech and Hun­gar­i­an and won the Best Book Award in Poland; it is her first book to be trans­lat­ed into English.

Mazel Tov: The Sto­ry of My Extra­or­di­nary Friend­ship with an Ortho­dox Jew­ish Family

When 20-year-old stu­dent J. S. Mar­got took a tutor­ing job, lit­tle did she know it would open up an entire world.

In the fam­i­ly’s Ortho­dox Jew­ish house­hold she would encounter end­less rules – ​‘nev­er come on a Fri­day, nev­er shake hands with a man’ – and quirks she had not seen before: tiny tubes on the door­posts, sep­a­rate fridges for meat and dairy prod­ucts. Her ini­tial response was puz­zle­ment and occa­sion­al­ly anger, but as she taught the chil­dren and fierce­ly debat­ed with the fam­i­ly, she also began to learn from them.

Mazel Tov is a heart­warm­ing, provoca­tive, and dis­arm­ing­ly hon­est mem­oir of clash­ing cul­tures and unusu­al friend­ships, and of how, where adults build walls, some­times only chil­dren can dis­solve them.