ZADDIK
Rosenbaum, David

(Mysterious Press, 1993)

Reviewed by Sue Feder

This remarkable book will take you on a journey of Hasidic Jewish history from the seventeenth century right up to today's headlines, while following the trail of a magnificent seventy-two carat diamond. Known as the Seer's diamond, it was meant to be the bride's dowry in a match between the bitterly feuding Satmar and Lubavitch sects. Drawing upon Napoleon, Nazis, the Odessa and the Mossad, upon the Torah and Kabbalah (Jewish mystical thought), pogroms in the shtetls of Poland and murder on the streets of Manhattan, ex-police officer and recovering alcoholic Dov Taylor searches for his own history and faith as he travels past and present to learn the fate of the diamond. This one will captivate you.