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The Observant Jew

A refreshing new look at the world

by Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz

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Did you ever notice…? Jonathan Gewirtz most likely did and in his syndicated weekly column, "The Observant Jew," he combines humor and inspiration into a new, unique genre that is at once both entertaining and uplifting. Offering a Torah perspective on everyday occurrences and a positive, optimistic outlook on life, these words touch the heart and soul of readers around the world.

This book is a collection of some of his most-popular articles, and these bite-size morsels are perfect light reading whether you need some down time or a quick pick-me-up. Advocating fun with a purpose, you will laugh, enjoy, and find your eyes opened to new vistas and ways to view your daily experiences. You’ll begin to see things in a new light and notice things that used to pass you right by. Who knows? This book may just make you a more “observant” Jew.

I've been reading Rabbi Gewirtz’s “Observant Jew” column for years now and I marvel at how he consistently finds profound life-lessons in seemingly everyday activities. His sense of humor and wit will keep you laughing. You may not even realize how much you have gained until you put it down. This is a must read.
~Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier
~The Shmuz

This collection will enrich your life and help give it direction. Enjoy it as much as Jonathan does in conveying its message.
~Rabbi Yosef Viener
~Rav, Kehilas Shaar HaShomayim, Wesley Hills, NY

Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz is the Optician of the Spiritual Realms. His poignant and touching wit outfit us with the eye-wear we need to view “the everyday of our lives” through the lenses of Torah thought. Written for the layman with the profundity of a scholar, he empowers each and every one of us to truly be “The Observant Jew” that G-d wants us to be.
~Rabbi Dovid Winiarz
~President – Survival Through Education, “The Facebukker Rebbe”

Jonathan Gewirtz grew up a rabbi’s son in Connecticut, Louisiana, Ohio, and Maryland, introducing him to the perspectives of people from all walks of life. He studied at the Telshe Yeshiva in Wicklie, OH, where he received semichah in 1996. In addition to his “day job,” Rabbi Gewirtz is a prolific author who writes weekly “Observant Jew” columns as well as Migdal Ohr, a weekly publication on the parshah distributed on six continents. He lives in Monsey, NY with his wife and two children.


  • ITEM #: 7046
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN: 978-159826-111-0
  • Weight: 1.5250 lbs
  • Binding: Hard Cover / 304 pages
  • Published by: Hidden Dove Press

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  • This Book has it all!

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    • 11/29/18

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    • Miriam

    Comical, entertaining, inspiring. One of those books that you can't put down and feel a loss when you've finished reading it. This book is one that I want to re-read over and over again because it was so enjoyable and life-changing in a very positive way. I will never look at a shopping cart the same way! :)

  • A pleasant, easy to read Mussar sefer

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    • 7/29/14

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    • Beste Bubby

    When I first got the book, I read it from cover to cover..on a single Shabbos afternoon. I found myself smiling at many of the stories, as I was able to identify myself in similar situations. Then I started reading randomly...where ever I opened, that is what I read. Again I was delighted, because I just knew what Rabbi Gewirtz meant. Now, however, I am learning this sefer. For the first time in a long time, I can say "gee, I never thought of [said situation] that way before" and I started recalling and reflecting - past events in my life - that I should have could have reacted differently. I have learned to see from the 'other side'...and I will admit, I am ashamed of the way I acted in certain situations. BUT I will also add that I am so happy to know that Rabbi Gewirtz sees many things the way I I feel I still have 'mentchlichkeit', and I am a good person. It is easy to read, easy to understand, easy to learn from, and very easy to apply! It is as simple as smiling, and as deep as forgiving (one of the things I had to do). No one like to be told they wronged. This sefer helps one figure that out by themself. And with a bit of effort to change for the better. I thank Rabbi Gewirtz from the depth of my heart for this. May Hashem bless him and his family with kol tuv, nachas, gezunt, and simchas!!

  • Invigorating as a spring breeze

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    • 7/28/14

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    • Rivka

    The book on Judaism that resembles haiku poetry. I did not have any expectations upon opening the first page. Then I found beauty, wisdom and joy in each and every article that comprise the latest accomplishment of Rabbi Gewirtz. It is the simplicity of the expression and vignettes we are all familiar with that make it so compelling. In an unpretentious way it gives the reader an insight into oral law, as well as the wisdom of the generations of the observant people reflected in resolving the issues of any ordinary day. It is also a book that makes you smile and keeps you amused throughout. The book you can take with you and read while commuting as well as inspiration for dealing with any deep and serious philosophical questions that are brought up and influence our directions in life.

  • Great book. Wonderful FB friend :-)

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    • 7/25/14

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    • Jew-Lane :-)

    I love R Gewirtz book
    Depth, meaning- Full. Mixed w humor.
    Never a dry, pedantic read
    I have re-read a number of the topics he covers, rich,
    Food for thought, then to digest and move in a new direction in
    my thoughts/actions
    I love being inspired w practical tools to come up higher.
    Thank you Rabbi for taking the time to write your book

  • Five Jewish Stars

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    • 7/24/14

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    • Dovid

    Read this during the day and you will see that the stars are always out, not just at night. Buy at least two because you will want to share without having to give up your own copy.

  • Life-Changing

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    • 7/24/14

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    • Jo

    This book is such an amazing gift! Amusing yet thought provoking, enjoyable read yet powerful messages! "The Observant Jew" makes the reader aware of the multitude of blessings that surround us. I have read and reread the book several times and each time I get a fresh insight, a new thought/feeling to internalize. Uplifting, delightful- this book is a 'must have/must read' for anyone desiring to bring joy and inspiration into their life!

  • Inspiring, uplifting, emotional, chuckle out loud....

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    • 6/20/14

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    • Sarah

    The Observsant Jew written by Rabbi Jonathan Gewirtz is a compilation of essays in which Rabbi Gewirtz gives his "observations" on every day life. I found his essays to be thought provoking, uplifting and sometimes laugh out loud funny. This is a book where you read, think, absorb and process the message. There are stories that move you and make you a better person. There are stories that set your heart racing as you relate to the message, and there are stories that are sobering. I have learned much, and am totally inspired. I would recommend this book to all and hope every person who buys the book enjoy it on their own personal journey

  • Short, sweet, powerful

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    • 6/20/14

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    • The Observant Jew

    Sure it's funny and you gain insight, but my favorite part is that each article only takes a few moments to read. Nothing more than four pages. Perfect for our busy lifestyle. When I read it, I get inspired all over again. (Disclaimer: I AM the author, but Feldheim did a fabulous job on this book, and I am thrilled to have merited putting out this work.) Go ahead and read the sample pages. You will love it. This is a book to keep on your shelves for years because you can read the articles and get those inspirations over and over again. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Isn't a better life worth twenty bucks?

  • Makes you think...

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    • 6/19/14

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    • Moshe

    Read one article and you will finish this entire book! Funny and completely thought-provoking.

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