FLOWER OF GOD: A Jewish Family's 3,000-Year Journey from Spice to Medicine

FLOWER OF GOD: A Jewish Family's 3,000-Year Journey from Spice to Medicine
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    FLOWER OF GOD: A Jewish Family's 3,000-Year Journey from Spice to Medicine

    by Herbert Ausubel

    Softcover, 422 pages
    Penina Press, Urim Publications, 2011
    ISBN: 978-193-606-811-1

    Flower of God tells the story of the author's paternal ancestral family from the time of the Temple of Solomon to the present: their migration from ancient Israel to Babylon, to Persia, to Anatolia, to Europe and finally to the United States.

    Dr. Herbert Ausubel's saga of his family history is a captivating story of the Jewish experience, at once universal and unique. It is Everyman's tale, and the family's struggles are immediately recognized by anyone who knows something of the immigrant's journey, whatever the ethnicity. It is easy to empathize with the characters because Ausubel captures their humanity, and their difficult search for a hard-won life of dignity, purpose and acceptance.

    This book is a testament to the unbelievable courage of the Jewish people and the indomitable human spirit. William Faulkner's marvelous Nobel Prize acceptance speech provides the perfect summary of their struggle: "We will not merely endure, we will prevail."

    About the Author:
    Dr. Herbert Ausubel comes from a family of writers and scientists and, as a child, lived in a three-generational household that connected the Old World with life in America. He trained as an historian before attending Harvard Medical School. He has had a distinguished career in medicine as a practicing physician, researcher, writer and lecturer. But always there was this second need: to tell the story of the Jewish people. To achieve that goal, he has spent the past thirty-two years meticulously researching and documenting six family lines of his children's ancestors, two of which he traced back 3,000 years to Biblical times.

    Praise for Flower of God:
    "Ausubel started with great raw material: a factual family history, painstakingly researched over many years. Then came the dilemma: how to stay true to that raw material, yet create a story that shakes off the dust of history and becomes both immediate and dramatic. Not since Alex Haley's "Roots" have we seen such a rich tale of generations. It is not an easy feat, but Ausubel achieved his goal beautifully. Few of us know what our ancestors have actually said, but Ausubel's voices are surely representative of their lives and times. And that's as close to being there as we'll ever get."
    - June S. Neal, Columnist and feature writer, Northeast Magazine/Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT