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Nailing the Yiddish-flavored Accent

December 7, 2015

Tags: Chaim Grade, Sam Guncler, The Quarrel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, Audios, Jewish novels, Israel novels

So thrilled to hear a great actor is narrating my Courtyard Kabbalist novel. The audio just got released today – timed with Chanukah? A number of actors tried out for the part and they were all impressive, but when I heard Sam Guncler’s perfect inflexion when he said, “milchigs and fleishigs” I sat up and thought: Who is this guy? He sounded like home. I checked his acting credits: The Good Wife, Law & Order, The Sopranos, nice, nice, nice, but then I saw listed “The Quarrel” -- and realized I’d seen Sam play the part of a former yeshiva student facing off against a Hassid in an intellectual/spiritual show down. (Based on Chaim Grade’s story, “My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner” which I read when I was 18 and re-read every ten years.). He was Yiddishly magnificent. Now, instead of playing a heretic, he’s an assistant to a kabbalist.
Here’s a clip (just click Listen under the novel cover) and enjoy the show.

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  1. January 5, 2016 4:28 AM EST
    If you are into Yiddish and humor, my novel: The Novel, Kunzman,the novel!" is available from Lulu.com, etc as an ebook and in print.
    Recommmended by Jerusalem Prize winner Naomi Gal.
    - Larry Lefkowitz
  2. January 11, 2016 12:54 PM EST
    I will check it out, thanks!
    - Ruchama Feuerman