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Times Square Rabbi: Finding the Hope in Lost Kids' Lives Paperback – May 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156838145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568381459
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Winner of the Simon Rockower Award for excellence in journalism, Yehudah Fine is a unique therapist and rabbi with a long history of leadership, courage, energy and charisma. Fine worked for over a decade with teens on the streets of New York City. Challenged by the problems of runaways, drugs, prostitution, violence and suicide, he integrated his understanding of classical wisdom with theories of recovery to form a new approach to personal change. He now conducts nationwide seminars for parents and teens and is a regular guest on talk radio. He is also the author of THE REAL DEAL, a remarkable book for parents of teens, also published by Unlimited Publishing LLC. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I never thought I would read a heart pounding thriller based on a real life rabbi and gripping inspirational tales from the street. Want to learn about life after midnight in NYC, then read this book.It reads like a novel and yet is a true tale of NYC street life. Why this book is not a bestseller is beyond me. This is a powerful book that features true to life stories of teens caught in the web of drugs, prostitution, family violence and world that does not care. In that world walks Yehudah Fine, a real time hero whose human side is so real and vivid you feel after reading the stories in his book that you know him and the kids who he loves and cares about.This is a one of a kind read that will give you hope springing from the darkness forever. It will inspire you and make you cry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hadassah Magazine-March, 1999
Portrait of Yehudah Fine: Times Square Rabbi By Naomi Geschwind
For over a decade until five years ago, Rabbi Yehudah Fine roamed the seamy fringe society of the docks, bus stations and porn shops of New York; nightly he patrolled the territory wearing a Yankee cap instead of a kippa, shmoozing and offering hot chocolate, peanut-butter sandwiches and hope to drugged-out kids, runaways, hookers and transvestites.
But Fine, author of Times Square Rabbi: Finding the Hope in Lost Kids Lives (Hazelden), never pushes religion when he talks to the young. "The Torah speaks for itself," he says. "You can't have an agenda; spiritual healing is not a business."
Fine has mainstreamed the thrust of his work. He is a member of the guidance staff at Yeshiva University. In lectures and in-depth seminars across the country, he helps parents, grandparents and teens deal with "the real dope": issues of drugs, depression, sexuality, spirituality. "Kids today do want help dealing with moral, spiritual and ethical dilemmas. I encourage them to turn to their families, and I also give them a profound look into Judaism's timeless message of compassion, activism and caring."
In sessions that have reached thousands, Fine encourages parents to roll up their sleeves and talk with their kids on all the issues, to take positive and proactive stands that reflect their own style. "I help parents rediscover what I call the astute grasp of the obvious, that they don't have to be perfect - and that they also need to have reasonable expectations. They have to have the courage in spite of all their insecurities to reach out and talk to their kids. Secrets are toxic," he warns. "It doesn't matter what the secret is, the kids know about it anyway."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Religion is for people who wish to avoid going to hell. Spirituality is for people who have been there." So wrote Abraham Twerski, founder of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, in his cover blub for Yehudah Fine's book, "Time Square Rabbi." Rabbi Fine (who prefers to be called "Yehudah") has that rare balance of religion and spirituality, combined with a down-to-earth love of sports, music, and life itself, that enables him to reach lost teenagers on the mean streets of New York.
His writing style is clear and poignant, combining good descriptive details with well-written dialogues. Each story illustrates one of the 8 steps in a recovery program that Yehudah has developed, based on the writings of Maimonides. Although the characters and stories are composites (to protect the kids' privacy), they are so well done that they virtually leap off the page.
Every parent should read this book. Yehudah pulls no punches about how these kids ended up on the streets. For many, it was an escape from unbearable home situations. In other cases, the parents kicked their kids out of the house with no idea what would happen to them out there. In still other cases, kids from "good homes" set out with high hopes and unrealistic fantasies, only to be victimized by the predators that roam "The Way Beyond." That's Yehudah's name for the street culture that exists in the same physical space as up-scale Manhattan, but in a different world entirely. Like real life, some of these stories have happy endings, others do not. But all of them will make you think. As the subtitle says, this is a book about finding hope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Special News: For all of you who have enjoyed reading Yehudah's book, Times Square Rabbi-Finding The Hope In Lost Kids' Lives (Hazelden) there is some exciting news. Yehudah just signed a movie/tv rights contract for his book. Pamela Hayden, one of the voice stars of the TV show, the Simpsons, purchased the rights to his book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
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   "Times Square Rabbi: Finding the Hope in Lost Kids' Lives reads like both a memoir and an inspirational guidebook. In recounting his encounters with ... troubled kids through eight different stories, Rabbi Fine spells out his 'eight-step' program. Based on Maimonides' 12th-century work ...[the] eight principles revolve around 'vidui', hurling out the pain, spiritual awakening and the ability to change, assume personal responsibility and sustain a love for life." 
-- Jewish Week
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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The message Yehudah Fine brings to parents and teens in his book is that even when a teenager's life is in crisis, caring can produce profound transformation. The author's unique street experiences opened up a window into the world of disconnected teens. Fine's message should resonate in every home.
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