“The Silent Witness” offers us a well-developed plot, wonderful characters and a meaningful and challenging moral dilemma, in fact several….The first half of the book builds up the relationships, the family life, introduces characters, and sets the stage for the second half, a very engaging, gripping and suspenseful trial
Interwoven with the present-day narrative were vignettes depicting the passion and risks taken by previous owners of the siddur, a book that symbolized what the Jewish people had been through and how much they had fought and sacrificed to preserve their religion over the years. And now, Shammai, is faced with an equally difficult moral struggle, one that brings with it sacrifice and risks for he, his wife and children, his friendships and his synagogue. From a review by Sharon S. Katz
"David Kaufmann has written a wonderful story about a rare book and the battle for it’s inheritance amongst family members. Set in New Orleans with descriptions so vivid you can literally see yourself on St. Charles Avenue. A masterful storyteller, Kaufmann weaves the plot through twists and turns making it very difficult to put the book down. His style of writing makes reading an absolute pleasure."
Rabbi Reuven Nathanson, Director West Coast Kashruth Division Orthodox Union