Boychiks in the Hood is your passport to the Hasidic "underworld" a destination far different from popular expectations. Join Robert Eisenberg as he hangs out with an ex-Deadhead in Antwerp, makes a pilgrimage to the grave of the revered Rebbie Nachman in the Ukraine, munches mini-bagels with Rollerblading kosher butchers in Minnesota, discovers the last remaining religious Jews in Poland, talks sex with a karate-champion-turned-rabbi in Israel, and more.Simultaneously respectful and hilarious, Boychiks in the Hood is a surprising and unforgettable journey through the world's flourishing Hasidic communities that reveals this vibrant tradition as never before.
A personal odyssey led the author to various Hasidic communities in order to understand what ideology is making these groups successfully withstand the forces of the larger society. From Williamsburg, Brooklyn, St. Paul, Minnesota, to Antwerp, Belgium to the Ukraine, Eisenberg singled out individuals and spoke to them in Yiddish. He was able to gather some unique material and allows the reader a more intimate view of their society.