In this five-session book series, co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Moment Magazine, we’ll explore today’s Israel through the eyes of writers. Join us for session five to discuss And the Bride Closed the Door by Ronit Matalon. Born in Israel to Jewish immigrants from Egypt, Matalon was known for giving a voice to Mizrahi (Jews of Middle Eastern/North African decent) women. And the Bride Closed the Door is a broad comedy about a bride who refuses to go forward with her wedding ceremony, sowing havoc. The book captures a segment of Mizrahi society not often featured in Israeli fiction. Matalon won Israel’s prestigious Brenner Prize the day before her untimely death from cancer.
Read the 2019 Moment Book Review.