Rabbi Levi Welton never forgot the day he was cleaning his guinea-pig hutch, only to turn and face a contingent of stern Hasidic elders. While certain he’d broken some sacred rule, what happened next is just one of many lessons that taught the rabbi that heroism comes in all shapes and sizes, and wisdom often confronts us when we least expect it.
This heartwarming, compulsively readable debut memoir tells the story of a shy, Hassidic boy growing up in the radical shtetl of Bezerkeley and the community of eccentric, colorful, and endearing characters who become his quiet heroes.
Both whimsical and profound, this collection of vignettes range from Levi adopting snakes and a chicken named “Fwedwicka” while in the Boy Scouts, to learning life secrets from a hippie in the Wyoming wilds. And nothing is off-limits. In fact, Levi rushes toward difficult topics head-on, taking on depression, addiction, death and even a walk on the (atheistic) wild side!
Along the way, you’ll experience how Levi struggles with modern life and ends up becoming Chassidic & Proud.