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Psychological thriller explores intolerance in religious, cultural divides


SAINT PAUL, MN – May 27, 2015 – Rabbi David Cohen has a problem. He doesn’t have his own rabbi. And this is stressing him out. But when his friend begins receiving horrible threatening letters and acts of vandalism start occurring, he must put that aside to help her.

Things escalate at a rapid pace. His friend Rabbi Batya Zahav and her cop husband (and former Israeli military officer) Arik are putting all precautions in place, but when her synagogue is attacked, David is called in to help with some inquiries. A superb cast of characters, including David’s loveable school chum Eli (who provides some comic relief), round out the investigation and lead the reader to a hair-raising climatic scene that competes with any thriller out there.

Dual storylines of the outward mystery and the inner trials of the supporting characters (particularly David’s wife) add dimension to this intriguing story. Readers interested in Jewish culture, religious roles of women, and interfaith relations will find more here than a mystery. While the rabbi protagonist may be unusual, the setting in the Jewish community is supported by a helpful glossary and author Sheyna Galyan’s commanding knowledge of Judaica. No previous knowledge of Judaism is necessary for readers.

Strength to Stand is the sequel to Galyan’s first book, Destined to Choose, which was a finalist for a National Indie Excellence Award. Though it is a series, based on the same protagonist, readers do not have to have read the first book in order to enjoy the second. Galyan is available for media interviews. She will be found at various events all over the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota this fall and beyond.

For more on events and media materials for Strength to Stand, visit

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Strength to Stand (Rabbi David Cohen #2) by Sheyna Galyan
Yotzeret Publishing, 306 pages, paper
ISBN 978-1-59287-020-2, $14.95
Also available as an e-book for Kindle (978-1-59287-320-3) and other e-readers (978-1-59287-319-7)

Coming September 2015

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