The Hebrew Tutor of Bel Air is a very simple story of two Jewish teens, Norman and Bayla. Norman is hired to teach Bayla Hebrew for her Bat Mitzvah, but she has no inclination to study with him. She continuously ignores his attempts to teach her the Talmud and is often lounging pool side while Norman patiently waits. As the story progresses, we find out that Bayla is pregnant. The pregnancy shocks her family and they look for a solution by asking Norman to marry Bayla and offering him more money than he could earn in a lifetime.
Some of the novel is quite hilarious. One example is Bayla brandishing a revolver and threatening Dr. Levine, a plastic surgeon, into operating on her nose. Of course, the doctor refuses and Bayla is left with her nonconforming Jewish nose.
I would have found The Hebrew Tutor of Bel Air more satisfying if it had a little more substance to it and perhaps embraced more of the Jewish religion and culture. However, if you looking for a humorous and simple love story than you might quite enjoy this novel. It’s just the right cure for a hellish week, when the last thing you want to do is think too much while reading.
Criston resides in Cape Cod with her 19 year old son. She has worked in the medical field for 24 years and enjoys singing, dancing, reading and cooking.