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My Journey Home is the Steve Riback story. It’s the tale of guts and courage
 and the furthest reaches of G-d-given inner strength. In Yiddish terminology,
 it might be best characterized as a story of chutzpah -- a combination of
audacity and bravado. It’s the story of a young Steve Riback, born into the
Jewish faith, but whose family never practiced Judaism. Admittedly, during his
growing-up years he could not conceive what it meant to be Jewish.

But this is also the story of an extreme transformation, of a grown up Steve
Riback who today regularly attends synagogue with his wife and children, and
 whose religion is tightly woven into the faith and practices of Judaism. It
portrays in fervent detail how Riback, a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department, fought a lonely and haunting battle for years against a
veiled derisiveness from non-Jewish peers...and all because he sought the right
to wear a beard and head-covering, in conformance with his religion.

Ultimately, that right prevailed, thanks to the courts and the U.S. Constitution,
just as it has in police departments elsewhere in America. But until that right
prevailed, this is the gripping and passionate saga of Steve Riback’s Journey Home.

STEVE RIBACK has over 19 years of law enforcement experience and currently works as a detective sergeant on an investigative squad with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Riback lives in Las Vegas with his wife and three children.

HERB JAFFE was an investigative journalist and op-ed columnist for most of the 39 years he worked for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., before he retired to Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife Fran. He continues to write a periodic column for the View section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Jaffe has written four mystery novels based on his experiences in New Jersey. My
Journey Home, co-authored with Steve Riback, is his first venture into non-fiction. Jaffe, who has received numerous national awards for journalism, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions. He can be reached at

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