The Tremble of Love:
A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov

A novel inspired by the legendary spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Good Master of the Name, who beckoned forth love from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives, and murderers.

Poor orphan. Simpleton. Harder to tame than the wind.

He hears what they call him.

But he listens to the presence his father promised would never leave him.

Yisroel finds his way to those who nurture his healing gifts and rare compassion—until he embraces a destiny he cannot yet fathom nor deny any longer…

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Advance PRAISE for The Tremble of Love

Ani Tuzman’s lovely, heartfelt prose draws us into a tale filled with mystery and power, evoking a lost world and introducing us to one of the truly great mystics of the Western world. A beautiful book.

–SALLY KEMPTON, teacher of yoga philosophy and author of Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It

Ani Tuzman has written a rare novel in which her love, both of the subject and of the act of writing, is palpably present. Perhaps this is what has allowed her to bring to birth a new Ba’al Shem Tov, appropriate to the twenty-first century.

–ARTHUR GREEN, Neo-Hasidic teacher and rector, Hebrew College Rabbinical School

The Tremble of Love presents a world where death, loss, tragedy, accident, and disease are never far away, but also where the human capacity to hold and heal are almost always nearer than imagined—because God, who is Love, is also astonishingly nearer than imagined.

–RABBI NANCY FLAM, cofounder of the National Center for Jewish Healing, founding director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

An historical novel of epic proportion, The Tremble of Love leaves the reader with a sense of connection to the great cycles of life and the holiness that pervades all things. The Tremble of Love is an invitation into the heart.

–REVEREND NANETTE SAWYER, author of Hospitality–the Sacred Art: Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Invitation and Welcome

A bold navigation between historiography and fiction, presenting a richly colorful image of the Baal Shem Tov’s personality and life story.

–IMMANUEL ETKES, professor emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of The Besht: Magician, Mystic, and Leader

I left the world while reading Ani Tuzman’s novel and came to love the world more.

–DAN SHANAHAN, poet, The Lotus Seed Poems, The Alaska Poems, and Crystal Lake

Meet Ani Tuzman

Novelist. Award-winning poet. Writing Mentor.

Writing has been a lifelong way for Ani to come home to herself, to find out and express what is in her heart.

Ani grew up on a back-road chicken farm, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. At the age of eight, she began writing to an invisible companion, filling page after page with her questions …

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