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Skullcaps 'n' Switchblades: Survival Stories of an Orthodox Jew Teaching in the Inner-City

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Hardcover, 204 pages
Published January 28th 1988 by Bristol Rhein & Englander (first published 1988)
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Kressel Housman
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jews, blacks, and anyone who cares about peace between them
“Dr. Laz” has done many notable things since writing this book. This is only the story of the beginning of his career in teaching. He was assigned, as new teachers often are, to an inner city school in Buffalo. And as a new baal teshuva, he entered class proudly wearing his yarmulke - hence, the title. He chronicles both his successes and failures in the book, but I think what happened to him decades later shows the most. When Crown Heights was torn up by race riots in the 90’s, he represented t ...more
Dina Tanners
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story of how a Jewish man (not raised Orthodox but as a young adult became Orthodox and afficialted with Chabad) taught middle school special ed boys (mostly African American) in Buffalo, NY in the mid-1980s. He was able to reach out to the boys in a way not common at that time. It was an excellent read.
Dave Coleman
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
inspiring read - one of the few books i could not put down!
lots of funny & touching stories from the real world of teaching in the inner-city

it shows that despite our external differences, we're all the same when it comes down to it!

Really enjoyed this book.
Does the author have more?!
Matty
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social, jewish, human
Interesting & fun to read.
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