Ezekiel’s Vision brings to life
the controversy surrounding Jewish continuity, the relevance of
prophecies to contemporary crises, and the tough choices we often
face within our relationships – both personal and international. In
a story that weaves mysticism, prophecy, and kabbalistic secrets
with the everyday challenges of marriage and family life, Fred
Snyder illuminates the many conflicts facing Jewish people today.
of the most interesting aspects of this book is the fact that
while there are some otherworldly elements at its core, this is
a story about someone trying to make sense of his life - from
moving to a far away country, to dealing with a stressful
career, family obligations, a cancer scare and much more. These
little touches in the book turn it from another run-of-the-mill
story to something that everyone can get behind. Who here has
not at one time or another felt career or family pressures? Who
has not had to make an immense decision that would affect our
lives for years to come? This is what makes the book a must
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Vision: Reading Group Discussion Guide
1. Why is Jewish
Continuity so important to Zadok that he is willing to say good-bye
to his family and good-bye to a life with Vicki? What does he
believe that life in Israel will provide? Discuss why Continuity is
so important for some and not an issue for others.
2. The story
chronicles conflict within a family over 4 generations. Some move
closer to religion, ritual, or spirituality, while others move
away. Discuss other examples across all religious groups.
3. Zadok’s mother
expresses the opinion her daughter has achieved success, while her
son can’t even afford to buy his wife a plane ticket. Do you agree
that her daughter is more successful? Which of the children do you
believe has lived a more meaningful life?
4. In captivity,
Zadok is bound after he attempts suicide, and he expresses his
frustration and anger over his failed suicide attempt. He didn’t
achieve what he had thought he wanted, yet things worked out for the
better after all. Is it a strange experience to find relief from
not getting what one had wanted? Is it uncommon? Is there a
5. Was Shoshana’s
response to her husband’s strange behavior reasonable? Should she
have supported him more? Should Zadok have done something to help
enlist her support and cooperation before he launched the expensive
distribution of his grandfather’s book?
6. Discuss the
novel’s conflicts of idealism vs. materialism.
7. In the opening
chapter a benevolent Arab named Abdul tries to help his Jewish
friends. Why is Abdul so willing to help? Discuss the irony that
generations later, the kindness is returned.
8. Why does
Ezekiel’s choice of words seem to reflect the images of the
holocaust and the rebirth of Israel?
9. What was it
about Ezekiel that differentiated him from the many would-be
prophets of his age and the prophets that came later? Why was he
revered by future generations of mystics?
10. Is the message
of Ezekiel, as interpreted by Reuven Zadok, relevant today?
11. In the end,
Robert Zadok becomes determined to bridge the gaps in his family.
Why couldn’t he do it before?
12. The name
“Zadok” (which means “righteous”) is referenced in the Bible.
Zadok’s father’s name, “Adam” (which means “man”), is also
referenced in the Bible. Zadok is often referred to in the book of
Ezekiel as “the son of man” (or of “Adam” in the original Hebrew).
Do you recognize any more biblical references and metaphors in the
13. Do you see
Reuven Zadok as a link in a great line of enlightened mystics and
scholars, or as a sick old man, suffering from delusions?
14. Zadok was able
to eventually suspend his disbelief over the prophecies. Everyone
has a different threshold. What were the circumstances that led
Zadok, a rational pragmatic individual, to get to that threshold?
15. The rocket
attack from the north of Israel is in the novel and written long
before the 2006 war. It was inspired by a reference to such an
event predicted in the Book of Ezekiel. Discuss opinions on whether
this is another prophecy come true.
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