“The Cross By Day, The Mezuzzah By Night” Chapters 1-5

We are reading a book in our Tanach class called The Cross by Day, The Mezuzzah by Night. This book also counts as our Chai reading for November. These first chapters take place in Seville, Spain. The main character is named Isabel Caruso de Carvallo. However, her Jewish name is Ruth. Her father is the tax collector of Seville. She has discovered that she is a Marranos, a secret convert to Judaism on her 13th birthday, along with a birthday present; A century-old mezuzzah that was her great-grandmother Ruth’s. This is in the midst of the Spanish Inquisition, when it is very dangerous to be a Jew.