Zoe Klein

ZOË KLEIN pursued the rabbinate out of a passion for ancient texts, mythology, liturgy and poetry. Zoë Klein has written for Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Tikkun. She has written chapters in a number of collections including The Women’s Torah Commentary and Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation. Her poetry and prayers are used in houses of worship around the country and has appeared as a commentator on the History Channel in “Digging for the Truth.” She lives with her family, where she is the senior rabbi of a large congregation.

Books by this Author

UNFORGETTABLE DEBUT NOVEL IS A RICHLY EVOCATIVE AND BOUNDLESS LOVE STORY THAT REVERBERATES FROM BIBLICAL TIMES TO THE MODERN WORLD. Brilliant archaeologist Page Brookstone has toiled at Israel’s storied battlegrounds of Megiddo for twelve years, yet none of the ancient remnants she has unearthed deliver the life-altering message she craves. Which is why she risks her professional reputation when a young Arab couple begs her to excavate beneath their home. Ibrahim and Naima Barakat claim the...


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In this video Zoe Klein describes her passion for Judaism and the inspiration for her new novel.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. There is a thread of love which holds everything together.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Modeling for my children that people can continually learn, grow and change

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Shimon Peres. He is so optimistic about peace. When he speaks I imagine doves and butterflies flying through the air. I was in his house once on a delegation, and his words and the steady resonance of his voice made me want to weep, sing and pray. David Ben-Gurion once said, “In Israel, if you don’t believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” Under constant pressure and threat, Peres maintains a poetical but realistic soul I admire. To me, he just sparkles with love and hope.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I regret the times when I could not express my true feelings.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Eric Clapton’s Let it Grow, the Beatles’ Across the Universe, the Stones’ Gimme Shelter, the Dead’s Sugar Magnolia, Paul Simon’s Late in the Evening.

Author Voices

June 04, 2009

I was a student rabbi when I started writing about Jeremiah and Anatiya, and I continued developing their journey together after I became ordained. Looking back, I realize that at different times in my life I identify with one or the other more.


At first, as a student, I identified with Anatiya. I was so passionate about the subjects in which I immersed myself, the holy texts I was studying day and night. I was enamored by the prophets, especially Jeremiah. I wanted to adhere myself to such a towering figure, in part to learn as disciple, in part to be that close to Source, to Voice, to God, and in part, quite... see more