The Almighty has provided Rabbi Jay with a keen sense of humor and the ability to appreciate the many absurd moments of life and capture them for posterity. The book is a rare opportunity to enjoy some of the strange and off the wall experiences of the author. You will smile, laugh and find the book a powerful antidote to depression and despair. Ideal for gift giving and for folks in need of some good humor.
Here is what some readers had to say about the book;
Nadia, the Russian cleaning lady:
"Each week when I come to clean the Karzen apartment, I must also listen to the stories contained in the book Off the Wall. After they are explained to me, I understand them to be humorous. I am told to recommend this book very highly."
Hassan, the former janitor of the Karzen apartment building:
"On many occasions I come into the Karzen home for a glass of water. Before drinking, I am asked to listen to the stories found in the book called
Off the Wall. While I, as an Arab, cannot fully appreciate the humor, I am confident, that my Jewish cousins will find the volume to be very funny and enjoyable."
Yossie, the Diskin Street handyman:
"Items from Off the Wall have been read to me. I have laughed and enjoyed the stories very much. I know that everyone reading this entire book from cover to cover will chuckle and find it amusing."
Velvel, a neighbour: v"For year, I have been a sounding board for many of the anecdotes contained in this Off theWall anthology. Now that the book has finally been published, I urge everyone to purchase and read the funny material - especially the E-mail segment - my favorite section, and the Karzenisms. I hope you also enjoy this true fiction. I can hardly wait for Volume 2."
About the Author:
Rabbi Jay Karzen, of Jerusalem, Israel, is a native of Chicago, Illinois and was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College, Skokie, Illinois. Before his Aliyah to Israel in 1985, he served pulpits in Ottumwa and Council Bluffs, Iowa (1959-65) and for 22 years served as the spiritual leader of the prestigious Maine Township Jewish Congregation Shaare Emet, Des Plaines, Illinois. In the Chicagoland community he was active in many organizations. He was president of the Alumni Association of the HTC Yeshiva and served as Chairman of both the Radio/Television Broadcasting Commission of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Brit Milah/Ritual Circumcision Committee of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. He was the Jewish Chaplain of the Variety Club of Illinois.
In 1985, after emigrating to Israel, he founded Rituals Unlimited and serves as its president and director. RU is the largest Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Simcha Service in Jerusalem.
Tourists from literally all over the world avail themselves of his services. The Jerusalem Post referred to him as the "Bar Mitzvah King". As a volunteer, he also runs the Cemetery and Bereavement Program of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) Rabbi Karzen is married to the former Ruby Ray (noted Jerusalem interior designer) and is the father of 2 children and 10 grandchildren.