A surreal, devastating journey leaves Miranda Portnoy alone with nowhere to turn. Scapegoated by a murderer, betrayed by her lover, and driven to her knees, Portnoy witnesses something astonishing when she turns to the God she doesn’t yet believe in.
Making Meaning Out of Madness: A Jewish Journey contains Miranda Portnoy’s memoir plus her appeal to her Jewish peers. In the second section, following her story, Portnoy challenges agnostic assumptions with three well-researched, provocative essays. Taking aim at the spiritual skepticism fostered by contemporary academia, she offers an utterly novel, commonsense proof of classic Jewish principles. One cannot walk away from her essay “Solving the Jewish Mystery” unchanged. This memoir and essay collection is bound to capture the hearts and minds of Jews who have wandered too far from the God who loves them—compelling them, and all of us, to not only reexamine our convictions but perhaps, rediscover our souls.
“A searing tell-all memoir of Jewish tragedy and
redemption that will keep you reading.”
— Sherri Mandell, author of The Blessing of a Broken Heart
“Reminds us of the indomitable human spirit.”
— Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith, chief editor of Aish.com
“A must-read… a truly inspiring life story.”
— Lori Palatnik, founding director of Momentum