Nov 27 2013
Growing up in a secular Jewish household, Joe felt there was something missing in his life – some way to ask God the big questions, including the biggest – why He had made Joe gay. In college, he found the spiritual connection he longed for among Orthodox Jewish friends, who called him “Yossi,” the Yiddish diminutive for his American name.
The Orthodox he met, though, disapproved of gay men, and so Yossi kept his orientation a secret. When he moved to Miami Beach for a job, he was welcomed into an Orthodox community, joining like-minded Jews for fun as well as prayer.
He struggles to keep Joe’s visits to gay bars for sex separate from Yossi’s world of prayer. But will his growing affection for his friend Yehuda ruin their friendship and leave him ostracized by his community?
What happens in the glow of the candles on the third night of Hanukkah will change Joe’s world forever.
Neil Plakcy is the author of the Mahu Investigations, about openly gay Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka, as well as the Have Body, Will Guard adventure romance series and the Golden Retriever Mysteries.
He is an assistant professor of English at Broward College in South Florida, and former president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He has been a construction manager, a computer game producer, and a second-place finisher on Jeopardy!
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