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“The lower one falls, the higher his spirit may then rise” — Kabballa

By all counts, the Middle East is a harsh and formidable place. Blazing Mediterranean sun, omnipresent religious fundamentalism, and socio-economic bedlam—every aspect of the Middle East screams turmoil.

For the first time ever, Major Fishel Jacobs shares the exclusive and revealing story about life inside Israel’s maximum-security prisons. Absolutely bursting at the seams with murderers, terrorists, ‘white-collar’ and common culprits, the I.P.S. (Israel Prison Service) contains a seemingly inexhaustible supply of secrets, stories, and incredible journeys.

For thirteen years, Jacobs devoted his life as the only American officer and hand-to-hand combat instructor in the I.P.S. His first-hand account describes the treacherous conditions, suffering and despair that is commonly associated with prison life.

Jacobs quickly reveals another side of the story. As the chaplain, it was Jacobs who had to sew together the pieces of these inmates’ broken souls. The derelicts shared their darkest moments, as well as their most luminescent hopes and dreams. He discovered that prisons are ultimately responsible for healing, growth and hope.

Coffee Melts Bars proudly shares that message of hope. It is we who allow our lives to be imprisoned behind bars. Yet, we have been given the power to choose to be free.

A must-read for anyone who wants to know the enlightening reality of life-behind bars — or the meaning of hope, when there simply couldn’t be.

Born and raised in the US, Fishel Jacobs received his BA from the University of Vermont. An eighth degree Master karate instructor, Jacobs has published eight non-fiction books, including works on difficult areas of Talmudic law in-use worldwide. Retired from prison service work, he now spends his time writing, speaking, and inspiring worldwide.

June 22
Jacobs Books
Philip Jacobs

Customer Reviews

Byrnes Publishing ,

Coffee Melts Walls (Bars)

In his powerful Coffee Melts Bars, Rabbi Fishel Jacobs offers his reader a glimpse into the world of the Israeli prison system.

Through a series of vignettes, Jacobs weaves the tales of prisoners and prison life using compelling description and moving dialogue.

His conversations with inmates and their lives told in their own words offer a truly poignant reminder that we are all just one decision away from disaster.

He presents an unswervingly honest look at life behind bars and his struggle to shine love in some of the darkest, most desperate places.

Stories of redemption and faith permeate this work, and the reader is left with an unmistakable sense of hope.

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