Strength to Stand (Rabbi David Cohen #2)


2016 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist

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Update May 2016: Strength to Stand has been named a finalist in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards!

by Sheyna Galyan


When Rabbi Batya Zahav first suspects she’s the victim of an anti-Jewish stalker, she enlists the help of her colleague, Rabbi David Cohen. Soon her husband Arik, an Israeli-born Minneapolis cop, is also on the case. As the stalker’s anonymous persecution increases in violent intensity, it falls to David to identify the stalker before someone gets hurt, and before the stalker carries out the latest chilling threat.

On-sale: September 1, 2015

Sheyna Galyan is the author of the Rabbi David Cohen suspense series set in Minneapolis. Her newest book, Strength to Stand (Yotzeret Publishing, 2015), was released in September 2015. Sheyna’s most recent short story “Matzah Ball Murder” is included in the mystery anthology Cooked to Death (Nodin Press, 2016), and her essays and articles have appeared in TCJewfolkAmerican Jewish WorldSt. 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. She graduated in 2012 from the St. Paul Citizen’s Police Academy and now attempts to get her law enforcement fix from writing suspense novels. Fascinated by the intersection of tradition and technology, her favorite questions are “Why?” and “Why not?” Sheyna is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America.

She frequently writes on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on her blog at You can also visit her website at

Additional Information

Weight .85 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x .75 in


Also Available As

eBook coming 9/1/15

On sale

September 1, 2015




FIC031080: FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological; FIC046000: FICTION / Jewish; FIC022000: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General


  1. yotzeret


    “A smart mystery full of Jewish learning and lore.”
    Rabbi David Wolpe, Max Webb Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and best-selling author of Making Loss Matter

  2. yotzeret


    “At times playful and at times unsettling, Sheyna Galyan’s Strength to Stand blends insightful humor, riveting suspense and an obvious love for Judaism. A charming, chilling book that places Rabbi David Cohen alongside Harry Kemelman’s David Small and Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker in the pantheon of observant Jewish crime-stoppers. One of the most engaging books of the year.”
    Jacob M. Appel, award-winning author of Phoning Home, The Biology of Luck, and the Rabbi Kappelmacher mystery series

  3. yotzeret


    “Galyan’s latest is rich in culture, suspense, and character. The dialogue snaps, and the action builds. If you’re looking for a rich mystery, you can’t miss with Strength to Stand!”
    Jessica Lourey, author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries

  4. yotzeret


    “Sheyna Galyan’s new mystery, Strength to Stand, is part one-breath-at-a-time suspense, part fascinating depiction of what goes on in a rabbi’s life—both professionally and personally—and part exposé on human motivation. Rich and atmospheric, Galyan seamlessly weaves crime, life, and love in this unforgettable novel.”
    Jessie Chandler, award-winning author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series

  5. yotzeret


    “Sheyna Galyan’s Strength to Stand is a suspenseful story of three contemporary Jewish families. Its themes of belonging and community raise important issues, yet are thoughtfully interwoven into a very dynamic narrative. Galyan has written a compelling must-read, whether you are Jewish or not.”
    Susan Koefod, award-winning author of the Arvo Thorson mystery series

  6. yotzeret


    “Sheyna Galyan has authored a poignant and enlightened story that explores the complexities of the Jewish culture and draws its readers into the lives of two families struggling with their respective roles within that community—all the while dealing with an ominous stalker who is promising to deliver death and destruction to their world.”
    Allen Eskens, award-winning author of The Life We Bury

  7. yotzeret


    “Escalating threats make this a creepy cozy in Minnesota’s Jewish community.”
    Julie Kramer, award-winning author of Shunning Sarah, Killing Kate, and Delivering Death

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