The Rebel and The Rabbi’s Son
The Rebel and The Rabbi’s Son traces Izzy’s tortuous and exhilarating journey out of fundamentalism. Along the way he submits to intensive Yeshiva training; becomes a roadie and then manager for the iconic singing rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach; drinks wine and trades philosophy with Bob Dylan; seeks solace from a fiery ex-rabbi turned therapist; and marries the red-haired girl from down the block who secretly shares his dreams of escape. From Chicago to Pittsburgh, Israel to Greenwich Village, and finally to the West Coast, Izzy struggles to break free from his upbringing and find his way to a Jewish community that speaks to his heart as well as his heritage.
For people curious about life in the closely guarded yeshivas, prayer halls, and neighborhoods of the ultra-Orthodox, The Rebel and the Rabbi’s Son provides a fascinating insider’s view. For anyone who has endured the profound loneliness of being cast out from a fundamentalist group, Izzy’s story is a road map—and a promise that if you are true to yourself, you will find your place, your people, and your home.
Izzy with Carol Redston, President Of Hadassah Women Beverly Hills, California
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