Thursday, June 25, 2015

Glimpse Into Israels Prisons

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Rabbi Fishel Jacobs offers his readers a glimpse into the world of the Israeli prison system.  Through a series of vignettes, Jacobs weaves the tales of prisoners and prison life using compelling description and moving dialogue.  His conversations with inmates and their lives told in their own words offer a truly poignant reminder that we are all just one decision away from disaster.
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Coffee Melts Bars: My Israeli Prison Career by Fishel Jacobs 

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He presents an unswervingly honest look at life behind bars and his struggle to shine love in some of the darkest, most desperate places.  Stories of redemption and faith permeate this work, and the reader is left with an unmistakable sense of hope.

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Rabbi Fishel Jacobs: "I was a Major in the Israel Prison Service and the only American chaplain in the Israeli penal system.  For thirteen years, in a little office located directly below the room where Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann was hung, I tended to countless men and women who were both physically and spiritually broken.  I know that when most people hear the word "prison," they think of the loss of rights, the harsh conditions, the abuse.  But for me it was all about the encouragement, the hope, the growth."
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Karate Champion, talmudic scholar, prison chaplain, lieutenant in an Israel Army combat engineering unit on active duty during the Gulf War, and Tel Aviv University campus chaplain for nearly 20 years. You can imagine that this man is truly... blessed and has a lot to tell.

Teeming with terrorists, murderers, rioters, revolutionaries, madmen and psychopaths, maximum-security prisons like Rabbi Jacobs witnessed would be the last place you'd expect to find ANY ray of HOPE in the human heart.  
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And Rabbi Jacobs now tells all the best stories - firsthand, as only he can - about the triumph of the human spirit over the darkest manifestations of man's depravity.

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His books are certainly available as iBooks at Apple

Coffee Melts Bars - Video: Life in Maximum Security Prison in Israel




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