by Joannie Tansky
Published by Penina Press
Softcover, 167 pages
ISBN 13: 978-965-524-120-4
Glistening with the colors of her evolving religious life (as a ba’alat
teshuva) with warmth, humor and the sixth sense elicited from an
evolving awareness, Joannie Tansky creates an absorbing read for anyone
interested in the power of faith and the possibilities that open up to a
woman in search of her spiritual self.
Her vignettes span more than seventeen years of experiences embracing
the feminine point of view of Judaism including Shabbat, kashrut, mikvah,
menopause, holidays, and world travel visiting Jewish institutions. One goal of her writing is to inspire those who are
already Torah observant, yet find themselves feeling stale or bored.
Another is to allay the fears of women (and perhaps men) who are just
beginning their journey, explaining with humor and depth that one does
not have to embrace all of Judaism at once.
About the Author:
Joannie (Henya) Tansky was born in Montreal in 1951. While her children were growing up, Joannie worked from
home operating her own small business and became very
active in World ORT to eventually become president of her
local chapter. Later, while working with her husband in
the textile business as both a designer and agent, she
discovered a neighborhood Chabad house, the Montreal Torah Center (MTC), and
Joannie is the managing editor at the Montreal Torah Center and the
editor of Mosaic magazine and the weekly Mosaic Express, for which she has traveled
to such places as Russia, Germany, Israel, Alaska, and Sacramento, California. In
addition, she has been a member of the Chevra Kadisha Burial Society for many years. She and her husband Freddy have been married for over forty years, have raised three children
and cherish several beautiful grandchildren.