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Yitzy Kasowitz is living every child’s dream. He builds Lego® sets all day, every day, and he’s actually paid to do it!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The Makings of a Master 

If you had told ten-year-old Yitzy Kasowitz that he’d be an Expert Lego® Builder when he grew up, he probably would have been really excited, but he might not have believed you. Fast-forward 30 years, and Mr. Kasowitz is a father of four, employed full-time as an Expert Lego® Builder, and owns his own custom Lego® set company, JBrick.

It’s not surprising, really. Yitzy has always loved all things Lego®. He got his first set when he was four years old — a simple fire truck with a hose and a fireman figure. He had barely grown out of toddlerhood, and there were already signs of his special talent. Four-year-old Yitzy challenged himself to build that fire truck without looking at the instructions, using only the picture on the box. From there, Yitzy’s Lego® hobby developed into a passion, and he spent hours each day fiddling with the little plastic bricks. Although he didn’t have much to work with, he was always trying new configurations of his existing sets.

As he grew, his passion for Lego® grew too, and he would design increasingly complex structures. He particularly enjoyed constructing things related to Torah and mitzvos. His parents were Chabad shluchim, so if he had a pickup truck, he would turn it into a Succah mobile, just like the one his family drove around Minnesota on Succos. A lulav and esrog, a shofar… Yitzy enjoyed the challenge of creating these sculptures with a limited selection of pieces. Each time he got his hands on a new piece, his mind would race, analyzing its potential. What could this piece be used for?

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When Yitzy became bar mitzvah, his parents gently suggested that perhaps he was too old to be playing with Lego®. Yitzy wasn’t so sure, and although he did spend a lot less time tinkering with his toys, he never really grew out of it. 

In Search of His Dream Job

Talented with his hands and overflowing with creativity, Yitzy found it hard to choose a career. He was naturally drawn to creative fields, and spent years building cabinets, remodeling homes, and building custom pool tables. He also dabbled in graphic design, web design and graphic animation. As much as he enjoyed the work he was doing, Yitzy always kept an eye out for that perfect job — one where he could use his talents to build on his creativity.

And then one day, everything changed. (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 714)

 

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