The Rabbi of 84th Street by Warren Kozak
The Extraordinary Life of Haskel Besser

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Always wearing an easy smile, Hasidic rabbi Haskel Besser spreads joy wherever he goes, enriching the lives of his many friends and congregants with his profound understanding of both Orthodox Judaism and humannature.

With warmth and admiration, journalist Warren Kozak writes about the rabbi's extraordinary life—from his family's escape to Palestine in the late 1930s to his witnessing of Israel's rebirth in 1948, to his move to New York City, where he lives today.

A rare window into the normally closed world of Hasidic Jews, The Rabbi of 84th Street is also the story of Judaism in the twentieth century; of the importance of centuries-old traditions; and of the triumph of faith, kindness, and spirit.

 

About Warren Kozak

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Warren Kozak is a journalist who has written for top network news anchors over the past twenty-five years. Winner of the prestigious Benton Fellowship at the University of Chicago in 1993, he has appeared on PBS and NPR as well as in the "Washington Post", the "Wall Street Journal", and other newspapers and magazines. Warren Kozak was born and raised in Wisconsin.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Childhood influences, especially his father's close relationship with the Radomsker rebbe, a Hasidic spiritual leader, and his mother's affinity for theater stayed with him and inspired a lifelong love for Hasidism and Torah as well as for classical music and culture.

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