Rabbi Jacobs
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Rabbi Jacobs

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South Royalton, Vermont, later Kfar Chabad, Israel -- go figure
About Me:
Had a normal childhood growing up in Vermont. Owned and raised twelve horses on our own land. Fishing, camping out, ski-dooing. Private pilot's license in High School.

By eighteen, I earned a Black Belt in Korean Karate, won a zillion heavyweight fighting titles, with Olympic asprations.

Got my B.A. from University of Vermont. There I became a religious Jew, and went to a rabbinical school in Israel. The athletic discipline paid off, and I became one of the first Americans ever ordained by the head rabbi of Israel.

I wrote six bestselling books on practical Talmudic law, in use worldwide.

Worked as a fulltime chaplain, a staff officer, in the Israel Prison Service for thirteen years. In 2005, at 50 years of age, I took an early retirement and published the first book ever on life inside Israel's prisons.

Titled: Israel Behind Bars, it can be seen at my site: www.rabbijacobs.com.

Everything that I write in Jewish law is immediately bought. However, I am looking for contacts in the mainstream publishing field to publish the story of the warden of my prison who was murdered by one of his own inmates.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Tanya--The Book for the Intermediate Man

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Okay, first author blog.... guess I can't claim a loss for words...

Just joined, today. Looks like a lot of interesting people here. Looking forward to some interaction and networking. I don't have much experience with these types of sites, but for what it's worth, I am looking for contacts to help publish a true crime story for which I have a large amount of exclusive archived material.

Posted on August 20, 2007 at 2:31am

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At 10:05am on August 12, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Rabbi Jacobs , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:49am on September 22, 2008, Rabbi Jacobs said…
If I can help in any way, let me know.
At 12:42am on September 22, 2008, Michael Naughton said…
Law, Judiasm and Israel. Three topics that absorb my attention.
At 7:21pm on September 21, 2008, Rabbi Jacobs said…
I've never heard there's a problem in getting a street map of Tel Aviv from 1952. I guess there's not a tremendous amount of demand for them. If there's any way I can help, let me know.
At 4:50am on September 20, 2008, David L. Hoof said…
Why is there so much trouble in getting a street map of Tel Aviv as it was in 1952?
At 6:58am on September 1, 2007, Kim Howell said…
How is life in Israel going? Have you lived there long now? I've never been off US soil to date, but am hoping one day to change that. My husband would really love to see Israel, as well as read your books on Jewish religion. He's been delving into the subject for several years now, in trying to learn his true origins.

I am certain when the time comes and your grandchildren arrive, you too will find much happiness in their company. There's more pleasure in those moments together, than anything else in life I've experienced before. I dearly loved raising my own children, and spending time with the next generation has been totally awesome.

My youngest grandson is Ryan Joseph and he seems to be growing and maturing at an accelerated rate. He turned 2 on the first day of this month, but is already 3 feet and a couple inches tall. He can recite each letter of the English alphabet quite clearly, and count to twenty without skipping too many letters. He loves to snuggle close for story time, and his library collection is already needing more storage space.:-)
At 6:05pm on August 31, 2007, Rabbi Jacobs said…
You've got a lot to be thankful for, thank G-d. I'm happy to hear about people enjoying their grandchildren, it's heartwarming.

The designbyk site is very tight. I like tight. Everything downloads quickly. You can see you put a lot into it.

I'll keep it in mind.

Thanks for writing. Enjoy the family. (I'm actually writing from Israel, where I live. The books and stuff is in America.) Best for now.
At 4:28pm on August 31, 2007, Kim Howell said…
Thanks again Rabbi Jacobs. My grandchildren started coming about 7 years ago, so we're up to 4 happy little ones now, and cherish every moment we spend with them. Three are boys and one tiny girl that's 3 1/2 right now. We were always warned that children grow up too fast, but the rate grandchildren grow seems by far to be way more than their parents.

The Hostbyk is a spin off actually, of my Designbyk site. I had such a hard time trying to find space to place both my own sites and my clients sites for several years, until one day when a friend suggested I open my own Hosting company. From the week I opened it around 8 years ago, it's been able to carry it's own weight and generated many clients that have several sites hosted with me now. It started as part of the design site, but proved early on that it was a business of worthy of it's own name.

I enjoy every moment in all areas of my business, and am fortunate that it allows me the time to be with my grandchildren, without having to worry about punching a time clock.
At 8:45am on August 31, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
For those with whom I've had more than a token exchange, I need to raise your awareness that recently there has been some cyberfunniness that has left friend's messages untransmitted and new friends not added. If needed, use d.hoof@att.net instead.

At 8:12am on August 31, 2007, Kim Howell said…
Thanks Rabbi Jacobs,
Your background and work look really impressive too. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writings as they are published. I'm very honored to have you on my Friends List. :-)

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