Jumping the Road single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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A New York Times review described this work as

'a rabbinical tale set on a distant planet with many names and a maddening conundrum: a minority of the indigenous population (who have ''scaly skin like alligators and yellow eyes and seven fingers on each hand'') claim to be Jews – not converts to Judaism but naturally evolved Jews with their own covenant, Torah and Talmud (actually two Talmuds, just as on Earth), their own form of Hebrew and so on. When Rabbi Isaac ibn Chabib of Philadelphia is sent by his rabbi to investigate this preposterous claim, he is understandably skeptical. What he finds among the aliens forces him to reconsider his views on revelation, faith and the Holocaust, which – I can't say any more without doing violence to Dann's conception'.


Gerald Jones, 'Science Fiction', New York Times, 5 January 2003 (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/05/books/science-fiction.html)


  • Included among the preliminary nominees for both the Hugo Awards (1993) and the Nebula Awards (1993).

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  • Appears in:
    y Jubilee Jack Dann , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001 Z895073 2001 selected work short story novella

    A retrospective collection of Jack Dann's short stories. The stories were originally published between 1978 and 2001.

    Pymble : HarperCollins , 2001
    pg. 328-357
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