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Ellen Brazer


Travels from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale Florida

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Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History


Ellen Brazer has written two very different kinds of books: one Holocaust related and the other ancient Jewish history. And while the storylines are separated by two thousand years, one thing remains constant in her books; a deep and abiding love for Israel and the Jewish people. When speaking, she shares the true stories of the people who inspired her writing.

Clouds Across the Sun Summary: Before the end of WWII, Hitler charged a group of his most trusted and brilliant comrades with a mission—educate your progeny and then elevate them to positions of power throughout the world. Steeped in fact and impeccably researched, Clouds Across the Sun is the story of just one of these children.
From Naples, Florida, New York City, and Washington D.C., to Israel and then the killing grounds of Vilnius, Poland (Lithuania) this story is one of great romance, discovery, redemption, and enlightenment as Jotto Wells discovers her Jewish soul and unravels the intrigue surrounding a plan to take over the government of the United States.

And So It Was Written Summary: The year is 132 CE, and the proclaimed Jewish Messiah, Bar Kokhba, has defeated the Roman army and rules Judea. As the Romans prepare to reclaim Israel, the book follows two sets of brothers–one Roman and one Jewish–whose friendships, hatreds, and lives intertwine.

For characters you will dream about, And So It Was Written is the ultimate treat. You will smell the spices in the markets and see the blood on the battlefields, rage with the injustice of brother against brother. From triumph to defeat, this is a saga of courage, conquest, familial loyalty, honor and love–showing man at his best and his worst.

Here is what people are saying:

Treasure Coast Chapter of Brandeis National Committee: Ellen Brazer treated us to a most exciting Book and Author Luncheon. Her latest novel, And So It Was Written, is a well researched, gripping piece of historical fiction and the story of Ellen's journey in writing this book won the hearts of every person in attendance. It is my pleasure to recommend her. President, Ronnie Fassberg

“… A born storyteller, Ellen Brazer transported my university students to another place and time.  Her talk was both mesmerizing and inspiring. Over the course of the past decade, I have invited many well-known authors to share their words but none have elicited such interesting discussion nor have made such a strong impact. Ellen has a gift for bringing the past to life, weaving an authenticity of setting with rich multi-faceted characters. We are swept into another era and become part of what was.-- Dr. Anita Meinbach, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development

“…Ellen is an award winning author of historical novels. She writes of the early centuries of this era, the transitional centuries that witnessed the emergence of rabbinic Judaism. She communicates as clearly as she writes, leaving her audiences entranced and curious enough to learn more.”  -- Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz, bestselling author of The Seventh Telling and The Curse of Blessings

   “ … I could almost see the characters of your book, hiding in the crevices of the rocks in the desert of Judea and Ein Gedi. The book you wrote is really a gift to the people of Israel, so there is no doubt you are some of the messiah breeze. May God bless your hands as you continue to write books and bring a smile and emotional longing, on our way to a world of peace and love.” -- Rabbi Ariel Joshua Louis, Torah scribe, Tel Aviv, Israel

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