Finding Love in Unexpected (& Expected) Places
“Giving voice, communicating, is a sacred way to free love.”
The blog’s purpose is also to treasure the gift of language, the power of giving voice.
Jewish mysticism describes the infinite One Light shattering into fragments. These shards of divine Light and Love are often concealed. It is our sacred duty—the most important of all human tasks—to find and free these divine sparks, thus restoring unity… Read more
People have asked me how it was that I came to write a novel about the Baal Shem Tov. I’ve never told anyone the whole story. I shall now. One afternoon almost twenty years ago, alone in my apartment, I felt called by the Baal Shem Tov to write a book that would...read more
Listen to Ani and David discuss the inspiration for The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, how it is relevant to today’s world and more…read more
Context for the Image and Quote The lines in the image were taken from a scene in The Tremble of Love, excerpted below. Here’s a little context: Yisroel, a young teacher’s assistant, and the students that he shepherds have entered a forest where they are greeted by...read more
The 13th century mystic poet Hafiz defined prayer as knowing the fire by feeling the flame and the water by bathing in the lake. He said you’ll never know a thing if you imagine how it feels, you need to feel it directly… So how is writing like praying no matter who...read more
Interrupted By War, A Poem by Ani Tuzman When I was old enough, my mother showed me a picture of her father she had shredded— tucking the tiny pieces into her bra to keep them hidden during The War. Her life would have been over, she told me, if anyone had...read more
I read the following at my mother's funeral service. I was in my early thirties with a new baby daughter, on a visit south to my mother’s winter abode in Florida, when—in our booth at Sam’s Delicatessen—my mom leaned across the table towards me conspiratorially, her...read more
Writer’s Voice is a national radio show and podcast featuring author interviews, readings, and reviews. In this interview Ani Tuzman talks about her novel The Tremble of Love based on the life of the 18th century Jewish mystic, the Baal Shem Tov. Listen to the...read more
The writing of this novel has been a long journey that isn’t ending with the publication of the book. There is indeed an ending that comes with saying the writing is finished and letting it go.read more
Some years ago, I wrote a bit of a rant in my journal that I never expected to share with anyone, given what seemed to me the extreme and perhaps strange passion expressed there.
I woke from a dream early this morning in which I had just been told to “add gold to the ocean.” “How one can add anything to the absolute?” I was asking aloud as, still under the influence of my dream, I came to consciousness with no idea who had…read more