By Yehudah Fine
"The message Yehudah brings to oldsters and teens...is that even if a teenager's lifestyles is in trouble, worrying can produce profound transformation," writes The Chicago Tribune. As mentioned via Hadassah journal, Yehudah wonderful "spent ten years because the 'Times sq. Rabbi,' patrolling the recent York streets, attaining out to homeless teenagers, runaways, and prostitutes." those are his tales, actual and fictionalized, heartbreaking and uplifting, assorted because the urban streets themselves. previously from Hazelden Press, this distinct republication through limitless Publishing LLC preserves gripping debts of Fine's exact reviews for a brand new new release of readers.
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The magical, painful turning stone in his heart had begun to grind directly on his pain. He didn't know it yet, but he was going to hurl out a lifetime of pain. From out of his sick broken body, he was uttering his first confession, his first attempt at vidui. Hurling Out the Pain We took Danny to the runaway shelter that night. He was so exhausted he slept for two days. Then, when Danny was ready to make his move and check himself into detox, I went to visit him. I walked into the lounge at the shelter that morning and was greeted by him blurting out, "Yehudah, I called and I can get in detox this afternoon.
When my own kids came home from school, they always knew if it was my night out in the van. The whole downstairs smelled of peanut butter. It may seem odd that these kids would come over to our van for a sandwich and hot chocolate. With cash to burn and speed or coke accelerating up their noses, why sit down and talk to a rabbi? Kids on the street are covered in layers of pain, thick like Page 21 mud. A lot of the mud has gotten hard, like adobe, but not all of it. It's got chinks in it. Through those chinks the light still seeps through.
It was the place demons went to fulfill the nameless desires that dominated their thoughts. Whenever we'd park at the docks, I liked to get out of the van, walk around, talk to the kids, share a cup of hot chocolate. Somehow, a rabbi was never out of place in the night world. I've never completely understood why, but I suspect that once you're willing to cross over into the netherworld of the night, you have made it through an invisible gate. Stepping out into that world was like a strange initiation into a place without rules.