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They say that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But this book is different.


Think Outside the Lox is a new collection of transformative essays revealing fresh perspectives on Jewish teachings and traditions, based on age-old Chassidic texts and the insights of the Baal Shem Tov.

These essays—sharing the Torah’s rich meaning and mystical light—can be read on their own or according to the weekly Torah readings and yearly holidays. The book also features, among other arcane tidbits, a flying fish.


Captivating, imaginative, fun—this book is rendered in a delightful style that anyone can appreciate, from the Hebrew school dropout to the advanced Talmudic scholar, leaving readers both inspired and entertained.

Rabbi Boruch Cohen was born on a snow-blown night near the end of 1960, while five colored Chanukah candles burned on the kitchen counter of his family’s American Dream house in a pretty little town in the suburbs west of Boston.

But it took almost twenty-eight years until he saw the light.

In the meantime, he attended public schools (nothing short of Kafkaesque) and a small liberal arts university (bachelor’s degree in philosophy), then pursued a career in writing, first as a journalist, later as an aspiring fiction writer. Hebrew school at a temple named Beth had ended years earlier, after he’d cashed his last bar mitzvah check. But at age twenty-seven, his inner world opened like a flip phone (pardon the anachronism), when he unexpectedly met a Chassidic rabbi—his first exposure to meaningful Judaism—and the warm alluring light of Jewish mystical wisdom, not to mention the irresistible appeal of donning a rakish black hat.

Within months, he left one of the country’s most prestigious fiction writing graduate programs to learn Torah full time in rabbinical college. In 1994, after six years of intensive study, he became a rabbi and, together with his wife, Ita Leah, settled in an assimilated neighborhood in search for the precious souls and holy sparks that can only be found through dedicated Jewish outreach. The essays collected in this book were written during those twenty-five-odd years.

The couple now lives in Oak Park, Michigan. They have four sons and two daughters.

Think Outside the Lox

SKU: 8500
  • Think Outside the Lox

    A fresh perspective on Jewish Teachings and Traditions

    By: Rabbi Boruch Cohen
    Dimensions    6X9
    ISBN    9781961602014
    Author    Rabbi Boruch Cohen
    Publisher    Mosaica Press
    Number of pages    408
    Item #    8500
    Binding type    Hard Cover
    Weight    0.158000 lbs.

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