About the Book
In a story that is captivating and beautifully told, young British aristocrat David Bennett arrives in Jerusalem in 1966, tormented by his increasing feelings of isolation and a growing need to find some sort of meaning in his life. His cousin Jonathan introduces him to his mentor, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem who presides over the orthodox community. Despite his resistance to engaging with “Reb Eli,” David becomes captivated by the rebbe’s charm and wisdom. When David discloses a sexual problem that he fears will ruin his life, Reb Eli arranges for David to visit a bordello run by Madame Aziza, a Jewess from Egypt with vast knowledge of what arouses the senses. Tamar, an enchanting and mysterious prostitute whom Madame Aziza introduces to him, turns David’s life upside down—as well as the lives of many others—in a reprise of an ancient biblical story. As passions rise, the Six Day War erupts, transforming the lives of David, Tamar, and everyone caught up in it. Night in Jerusalem is a novel of mystery, beauty, historic insight, and sexual passion.