A Single Life

By :  Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Feb 18, 2021 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines

A discussion with author, rabbi, and scholar Daniel Ross Goodman about his novel, A Single Life, which blends a literary style and a Talmudic sensibility with the romance tradition.

A Single Life addresses universal issues—racism and racial identity, religious conflict, and the persistent human quest for love—through the prism of the particular experience of a single Jewish man. Fraught with dramatic tension throughout and sprinkled with generous doses of humor and feeling, the novel is timely with a timeless story—a story about the joys and sorrows, the pangs and torments, the doubts and dreams of romantic love.

Eliezer Finkelman writes in The Times of Israel: “A pathbreaking novel…this novel is the real thing, a presentation of the texture of a vividly-imagined life. In the course of examining this life, Goodman helps us rethink aspects of American life and American Judaism, but he does not provide us with easy answers.”

This event was sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, will serve as moderator.

About Rabbi Daniel Ross Goodman

Daniel Ross Goodman is a writer, rabbi, and scholar from western Massachusetts. He writes on art, film, literature, and sports for the Washington Examiner, and his short stories have been published in over a dozen literary journals. He is also the author of Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Wonder and Religion in American Cinema. For the past four-and-a-half years he has been a PhD candidate at JTS, concentrating in modern Jewish thought and modern Jewish literature, and is currently working on a dissertation about the disciples of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.