"A Seat at the Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices, tells the story of the young man, Elisha, who grows up in post-war Brooklyn in a family of Chassidim, a Jewish sect with nearly 200,000 people in America. A cipher to most Americans and even to most Jews who live blocks away, the movement’s renaissance after near total extinction in the fires of the Holocaust is a remarkable achievement not only in Jewish history but for America as well."

A product of Borough Park’s chasidic community, author Joshua Halberstam now lives on the Upper West Side, part of wider American life. “It has been complicated my whole life."
Click here to read the entire interview with Joshua Halberstam in The Jewish Week.

Joshua Halberstam writes with love and admiration, and sometimes with skepticism, of the Chassidic world in which he was raised...he also tells with stunning simplicity some of the most beautiful Chassidic stories I have ever come across.

--Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Author of A Code of Jewish Ethics

A Seat at the Table is a lovely book and deeply humane book.

--Melvin Bukiet, Author of Strange Fire

In this novel of fathers and sons, faith and doubt, Joshua Halberstam illuminates a world rich with religious tradition and Chassidic stories, and he proves himself to be a master storyteller in his own right. A Seat at the Table is unusually wise, genuine and always affecting.

--Tova Mirvis, Author of The Outside World

This tender, compassionate coming-of-age story brims over with wisdom from the Jewish tradition.

--David Grubin, Producer
Destination America, The Jewish American


How I came to write A Seat at the Table

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