Wow. It has been several years since The Bochur’s Guide to College was released and revised. Our current thought is to post parts of the book text as we prepare it for publication. So here goes, we’ll start with the About the Title page:
What’s in a name? The working title for this book was The Bochur’s Guide to College: The Authoritative Guide to Da’as College. However, it was never meant just for bochurim or men, it was just what I thought would be a catchy title and not one that would necessarily exclude female readers. In fact, my idea was to have a whole shtikle Torah in the beginning of the book to explain that this book is also geared for women, and then launch into a halachic discourse on “lo silbash”, discussing the prohibition of men acting or adopting the manner of women and vice versa, explaining and assuring the reader that no such prohibition of “lo silbash” would apply to women reading a book entitled “The Bochur’s Guide to College”.
However, a colleague at one non-traditional college emailed me and suggested that, through my title, I may unintentionally limit my readership. She went on to relate the following, “The title is interesting and reminds me of a family story. In 1977, we went to Israel for our son’s Bar Mitzvah. Our daughter was 10 and had very short hair. She did not take the ticket from the bus driver and the driver kept calling “yeled!” Of course, she kept going. She knew she was a yaldah. I hope the women will not have the same reaction to the book title.” Well, I hope so too, since the title stuck…for now.
We hope you will join us for the journey…