This Day in Jewish History 1954: Shabtai Zissel Is Bar Mitzvahed, and Turns Out to Be Bob Dylan

Taught by an Orthodox rabbi who appeared mysteriously, the young Bob Dylan studied Torah upstairs and fell in love with the rock scene in the bar downstairs. The rest is history.

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On May 22, 1954, Robert Allen Zimmerman celebrated his bar mitzvah in Hibbing, Minnesota. Hibbing was and still is a small town of about 16,000 residents. Zimmerman’s parents were prominent in its Jewish...