Religion: The Jewish Soul on Fire

A rabbi's wife uses TV to lure dropouts back to the fold

In Orthodox Judaism, a woman's place is usually in the home. And all branches of Judaism tend to shun the high-pressure appeals used by today's Protestant TV preachers. By rights, then, Esther Jungreis, tiny, intense Orthodox Jewish revivalist from Long Island, should not be in business at all.

Jungreis, 45, bills herself as "the Rebbetzin" (Rabbi's Wife) or "the Jewish Soul on Fire." Others call her "the Jewish Billy Graham," but unlike the Baptist evangelist, she does not seek converts from other religions. Her sole mission is to lure, cajole or...

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