by Erica DeQuaya

June 2004
ISBN: 1-59279-232-4
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Double Mitzvah by Erica Dequaya is a very short e-book. Due to the briefness of the story there is not a lot of time for character development, but Ms. Dequaya does a good job of establishing the background between her characters Joel and Annie.

Annie was born Jewish, but her family didn’t have a strong religious belief system. She’s enjoyed a healthy sex life as an adult, and doesn’t worry much about whether or not the man is of her same religion. Joel on the other hand is the son of a rabbi. His beliefs are strong, and he is firm in his conviction of following them to a tee.

One of Joel’s beliefs is that a man and woman shouldn’t have sexual relations prior to marriage. At first this is hard for Annie to fathom. As time goes by the anticipation builds. When Joel finally proposes Annie thinks maybe now they will sleep together. The first time between the two doesn’t happen until after the wedding. The anticipation led to a wonderful first time together, and as the years have passed the sexual part of their marriage is strong.

Double Mitzvah is quite detailed about many traditions of one sector of the Jewish religion. Having been born and raised a Jew myself I found it to be fascinating reading. It was for me, also quite educational, as my family was not strong in their beliefs. I do not believe you have to be Jewish to enjoy Double Mitzvah. I do believe you have to be open minded, and willing to learn about religious traditions, and the importance that some families place on them.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Sandi.

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