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New Review: A beautiful and heartfelt memoir! Leaving what is expected and acceptable and choosing to follow one's heart and dreams is never easy; dealing with the anger and rejection of family and friends that ensues is extremely difficult. Izzy's journey away from his Jewish Orthodox roots takes so much courage and is an inspiration for everyone who dares to question the status quo and make life decisions that work for him/her rather than continue in a lifestyle dictated by others' rules and expectations. It is also teaches important lessons for every parent: Don't be judgmental; really listen to your children and encourage them to pursue their own interests; give love and support. Life is too short to stubbornly refuse to be open to new ideas. The Rebel and the Rabbi's son is an easy read with powerful messages.

Caution...this is not an uplifting story....but I am compelled to share it:

Often you don't KNOW how deeply wounded someone is

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Esti Weinstein, found dead in her car in Ashdod, describes suffering as a Gur Hasidic housewife, estrangement from her children
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His parents are as pious and kind as they are broken and devastated. Yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, I helped them bury their 31-year old son, who died from a drug overdose. The scene at the burial
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Faigy said as much in her last note.

“IF PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO THINK,” she wrote, “THEY WOULD NOT BE RELIGIOUS.”

On July 12, Faigy Mayer, a 30-year-old New Yorker who left Hasidic Judaism five years ago, sent one of her last messages to a close friend. She tried to explain how foreign the world was to her — e...
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Ysoscher Katz, who left the ultra-Orthodox community, explains why everyone in that world is complicit in Faigy Mayer’s death — and how we can prevent similar tragedies in the future.
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A MUST READ
By Anonon June 10, 2015
Format: Perfect Paperback

The "Rebel and The Rabbi's Son" is a book that I could not put down....
Izzy Eichenstein's journey is a compelling read that made me laugh and
cry while feeling the pain in his struggles and rejoicing in his
successes, as he tried to fit into his family's strict way of life.
Being raised as a Reform Jew, this book was also tremendously
educational delving into the many facets of the Orthodox denomination.
I am hoping that in today's world where many, both young and old, are
searching for their own identity, that a film is made based on this
colorful and exciting book. If you are seeking a great read...this is
the book that carries a universal message...that to be true to
yourself...is to find your own identity, no matter how difficult A must-read!

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The Temple Emanuel team finishes the season with a big win!

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Why is there an endless appetite for stories about Jews leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy? @SandeeBrawarsky offers an answer: http://bit.ly/1INNCdw

Shulem Deen was a man in his 20s when he felt bold enough to slip unseen into a public library. Like the inner-city African-American boy in Philip Roth’s “Goodbye, Columbus” who, on a visit to the Newark Public Library, first sees Gauguin’s striking paintings of exotic Tahiti, a world cracked open f…
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The Challenge of Being Different "The Memoirs Of A Chasidic Master's Liberated Scion" http://wp.me/pNYfI-1EL

To now almost 50,000 blog readers , my sincere thanks. Thank you for your gracious comments and reviews on my recently released memoir titled ” The Rebel and the Rabbi’s Son” . A recent review : ...
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"Choose Love Over Fear" Memoirs Of A Chasidic Masters Liberated Scion http://wp.me/pNYfI-1EO

To now almost 50,000 blog readers , my sincere thanks. Thank you for your gracious comments and reviews on my recently released memoir titled ” The Rebel and the Rabbi’s Son” . A recent review : ...
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