Update May 2015: Destined to Choose has been named a finalist in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards!
Summary: When a college freshman’s philosophy paper on the Holocaust jeopardizes her relationship with her grandfather, a Shoah survivor, she finds herself alone and afraid on the streets of Minneapolis. Help comes in the form of Rabbi David Cohen, who is struggling with his own personal demons. Trained in both psychology and Talmudic argument, David must help this family face the real issue that divides them. Set against the backdrop of a Jewish holiday of mourning, they bring together their experiences as they confront evil itself and answer a cry for help that no one expected. (Previously published by Yaldah Publishing in 2003.)
Sheyna Galyan is the author of the “Rabbi David Cohen” suspense series set in Minneapolis. Her next book, Strength to Stand (Yotzeret Publishing, 2015), will be out in fall 2015. Sheyna’s most recent short story “Sketches for Cinco” is included in the mystery anthology Festival of Crime (Nodin Press, 2014), and her essays and articles have appeared in TCJewfolk, American Jewish World, St. Paul Voice, and various other publications. With advanced degrees in psychology and education, she has worked as a counselor, consultant, lecturer, journalist, and Jewish educator. Fascinated by the intersection of tradition and technology, her favorite questions are “Why?” and “Why not?” She lives with her husband and children in the Twin Cities, where she is at work on the next Rabbi David Cohen novel.
She frequently writes on Facebook at facebook.com/sheynagalyan.author, on Twitter at twitter.com/sheynagalyan, and on her blog at BooksAndBeliefs.blogspot.com. You can also visit her website at sheynagalyan.com.