The Book of Asher: Memoirs of a Passionate Jewish Life by Sonia Usatch-Kuhn
Asher Leon Edelstein has been described as a spirited, learned, force of nature—a complex, focused man on-the-go. He lived his life guided by seven principles: gratitude, friendship, smiles, connectedness, honor, reverence, and acceptance. Become acquainted with this Raleigh, North Carolina, dynamo, who consistently remained true to his love of Torah, family, and every stranger who crossed his path under all manner of circumstance. Feel the energy of the first Jewish basketball player for Georgia Tech, his escapades on the golf course (including Augusta), his “sweetly-filled” teaching method that endeared him to his coming-of-age bar and bat mitzvah students. Asher’s cantorial voice enthralled the congregants of Beth Meyer Synagogue. Storyteller, food lover, and mover and shaker, Asher was inspirational.
Sonia Usatch-Kuhn is the author of Noodle Kugel & Life’s Other Meichels and the editor of Living in the Rooms of our Lives. Her poems, short stories, and articles have been published in Main Street Rag, The Journal of Poetry Therapy , and numerous anthologies. She was a contributing author for Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. Usatch-Kuhn has been a correspondent for the Raleigh News & Observer's community paper, Southwest Wake News , and for the NBC produced website, MyNC.com. On Long Island, she taught second-year medical students at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She is passionate about the words of playwrights and has appeared on stage in New York, Raleigh, Durham, and Cary. She and her husband call Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, home.