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Malkah’s Notebook
Malkah’s Notebook

Malkah’s Notebook

A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet

By Mira Z. Amiras, Illustrated by Josh Baum



192 Pages, 7.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: January 2022

ISBN 9781951412340

Rights: WOR

The Collective Book Studio (Jan 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: January 2022


Malkah is just a kid when she starts to learn her Aleph-Bet letters and her father begins teaching her to read the Torah. But they don't get very far. As Malkah reads aloud, her questions multiply. These questions take her on a lifelong journey deeper and deeper into the Hebrew letters, Jewish mystical texts, far off places, archaeological digs, and ultimately, the nature of existence itself. When Malkah discovers an earlier, different story of Creation hidden right inside the one offered on the surface of Genesis, a door opens. So she walks through.... And so Malkah begins her journey to understand her own beginnings. Told in short verse and coupled with highly evocative illustrations, Malkah's Notebook takes readers on a journey through mystical Judaism and beyond. Questions become shards of light that illuminate the path to a deeper understanding of our own origins and ourselves. Guided by the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, Malkah gradually begins to understand not only her own creation story, but that of the entire universe.

Author Biography

Mira Z. Amiras was raised on her mother's accounts of the Inquisition and Holocaust, and her father's tales of the Hebrew aleph bet letters and their role in the creation of the universe. She is Professor Emerita of Comparative Religion and Middle East Studies at San Jose State University. Mira received her PhD in anthropology from UC, Berkeley. She is author of Development and Disenchantment in Rural Tunisia, and writer and producer of the animated movie, The Day Before Creation. She lives in San Francisco with her family.Josh Baum was born in London and grew up in Bristol. He studied painting at the Masana School in Barcelona then moved to Sfat to study in a Hasidic yeshivah where he trained as a Hebrew scribe. After writing a Torah scroll in Jerusalem, Josh attained an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins in London, for which he was awarded the Future Map prize. In his work as both artist and scribe, he explores the Hebrew letters as sacred signs as well as objects of profound beauty. Josh is a published author and illustrator and lives in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, where he is director of the art school.