A kosher version of Sherlock Holmes? “Elementary, my dear Watson!” The Israeli branch of the American-based Bilson publishing company released a version of the popular detective series adapted for the religious public.
The publication is part of a series of educational books intended to teach English to Israeli students. Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery novels place Sherlock Holmes in London, the accompanying CD was recorded by American narrators, in a phonetic way for Israeli students to quickly grasp American-accented English. In a press release, the publisher stated that hareidi-religious rabbis approved the content and that “it doesn’t contradict the spirit of Judaism.” The series is distributed by Yafeh Nof publishers and will be available at bookstores and supermarkets within Israel’s religious communities.