Fishel Jacobs

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Fishel Jacobs (Rabbi, Major ret.)
Rabbi Fishel Jacobs.jpg
Born March 21, 1956
Residence Kfar Chabad, Israel
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Vermont[1][2]
Occupation Rabbi, author, speaker
Known for Family Purity—Guide To Marital Fulfillment; Coffee Melts Bars; Two Kings children’s books
Spouse(s) Miriam

Fishel Jacobs is an American-Israeli rabbi, martial artist,[3] ex-Israel prison service officer,[4] author,[5] and speaker.

Early years and education[edit]

Jacobs was born in 1956 in Brooklyn, raised in Vermont,[6] and has lived in Israel since 1979. In 1974, Jacobs earned a black belt in karate from the International Tang Soo Do Association.[citation needed] He graduated from the University of Vermont.[citation needed]

Jacobs holds a PhD degree (equivalency) from the Israel Department of Religion, and completed training as a Rabbinic attorney from the Harry Fischel Institute for Talmudic Research.[citation needed] In 2006, he was promoted to Eighth Degree Black Belt Master Instructor by Dr. Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.[7]

Photo of Rabbi Fishel Jacobs teaching inmates in Israeli Prison


After spending fourteen years studying in the rabbinical school, Tomchei Temimim, in Kfar Chabad, Israel, Jacobs served as emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn from 1998 to 2007, and the Chabad-Lubavitch Campus chaplain at Tel Aviv University. Concurrently, from 1992 until 2005 he served as a full-time chaplain, a staff-officer with the rank of Major, in the Israel Prison Service (IPS).[8]

In 2005, Jacobs published the first book describing life within the IPS,[9][10] republished in 2016 under the title Coffee Melts Bars: My Israeli Prison Career. He is also the author of the Two Kings series of children's books.[11][12]

Jacobs is a devout Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi and speaker. He has published ten non-fiction books, including works on difficult areas of practical Talmudic law.[13] His interviews, articles and columns have appeared in Jewish and mainstream media.[14][15][16][17]

Since retiring, Jacobs spends his time publishing, answering questions in Jewish law, and speaking. Jacobs endorses and is the responding rabbi for numerous websites which deal in practical Talmudic law.[18][19] He continues to perform karate demonstrations while continuing to speak at college campuses, youth groups, communities and corporations.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Jacobs is married to Miriam, the Director of Tan"ach (scriptural commentaries) division of Beth Rivkah Seminary, Kfar Chabad. They have seven children.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Class of '80" Vermont Quarterly. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  2. ^ "Alumni News" University of Vermont Department of Religion Newsletter. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  3. ^ "Rabbi at Karate Championship" COL Live. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  4. ^ "Jerusalem - Rabbi Behind Bars: The Story Of Karate Master Israeli Prison Chaplin Rabbi Fishel Jacobs" Vos Is Neias. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  5. ^ "Children's Book Rooted in Thousands Years-Old Parable" Chabad News. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  6. ^ "Rabbi Behind Bars" Mishpacha. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  7. ^ "Rabbi Blesses Karate Team" Traditional Karate Federation of Israel. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  8. ^ Cohen, David Elliot; Lee Liberman (1994). A Day in the Life of Israel. Diane Books Publishing Company (Originally Collins Pub San Francisco). ISBN 978-0-7881-5162-0.
  9. ^ "Yom Kippur Behind Bars" Chabad News. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  10. ^ "Hkratist multi prisons became number: Behind bars" Israel National News. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  11. ^ "Second Installment Of Two Kings Now Available" The Lakewood Scoop. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  12. ^ "Welcome Rabbi Jacobs!" Jewish Books for Kids. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  13. ^ "Recommended literature" Best Jewish Studies. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  14. ^ "Find Out What Life is Like in an Israeli Prison!" Israel National News. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  15. ^ "Criminals Slammed for ‘Using’ Religion" Forward. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  16. ^ "Mishpacha Magazine Profiles Rabbi Fishel Jacobs" Chabad News. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  17. ^ "Two-State Nightmare Is Dead" American Thinker. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  18. ^ "MIT Grad Builds Mikvah Calculator" COL Live. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  19. ^ "Family Purity, 2.0: Check Out The Mikvah App" Union Orthodox. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  20. ^ "THE TWO KINGS: FROM TANYA TO KINDERGARTENS" Bies Moshiach. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  21. ^ "Watch: Rabbi Fishel Jacobs Breaks Bricks" Matzav. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  22. ^ "A Computer Program to Enhance Your Mikveh Experience" Forward. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  23. ^ "Water Blech" Jewish Recipes. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  24. ^ "Two Kings" Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 2016-09-19.

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