My jesus year by benyamin cohen

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My Jesus Year: A Rabbis Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith by Benyamin Cohen

One day a Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. He observes the Sabbath, he goes to synagogue, and he even flies to New York on weekends for a series of speed dates with nice, eligible Jewish girls. But, something is missing. Looking out of his window and across the street at one of the hundreds of churches in Atlanta, he asks, What would it be like to be a Christian?

So begins Benyamin Cohens hilarious journey that is My Jesus Year—part memoir, part spiritual quest, and part anthropologists mission. Among Cohens many adventures (and misadventures), he finds himself in some rather unlikely places: jumping into the mosh-pit at a Christian rock concert, seeing his face projected on the giant JumboTron of an African-American megachurch, visiting a potential convert with two young Mormon missionaries, attending a Christian professional wrestling match, and waking up early for a sunrise Easter service on top of Stone Mountain—a Confederate memorial and former base of operations for the KKK.

During his year-long exploration, Cohen sees the best and the worst of Christianity—from megachurches to storefront churches; from crass commercialization of religion to the simple, moving faith of the humble believer; from the profound to the profane to the just plain laughable. Throughout, he keeps an open heart and mind, a good sense of humor, and takes what he learns from Christianity to reflect on his own faith and relationship to God. By years end, to Cohens surprise, his search for universal answers and truths in the Bible Belt actually make him a better Jew.

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One day a Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. He observes the Sabbath, he goes to synagogue, and he even flies to New York on weekends for a series of "speed dates" with nice, eligible Jewish girls. But, something is missing.
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The first I read was A. One day a Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. But, something is missing. During his year-long exploration, Cohen sees the best and the worst of Christianity—from megachurches to storefront churches; from crass commercialization of religion to the simple, moving faith of the humble believer; from the profound to the profane to the just plain laughable. Throughout, he keeps an open heart and mind, a good sense of humor, and takes what he learns from Christianity to reflect on his own faith and relationship to God. Cohen has a great writing voice that really helped me enjoy this book. He often refers to laws in Judaism and he gives both the Hebrew and English words while explaining the tradition or law.

One day the Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. The resulting witty memoir should appeal to Christians and Jews alike as well as Wiccans, Jains and Bahais, for that matter. One need not be Jewish, Christian or even a seeker to enjoy this wonderful loop around the Bible Belt. Amen to that. Benyamin Cohen is the son of an Orthodox rabbi who married a Methodist minister's daughter who converted to Judaism. He was the founder and editor of the award-winning national magazine American Jewish Life and the online magazine Jewsweek , and is currently an editor at the Mother Nature Network.

A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith

By pereka Books June 30, , Raised as an Orthodox Jew, mostly in Atlanta, Cohen, editor of Jewish Life in America magazine, obsessed over the church across the street from his childhood home—a home onto which his father, a rabbi, added a place of worship for Orthodox services.

The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. There's a story about my birth, and I'm told it's not an apocryphal one. Eight days after I entered this world, the morning of my circumcision, my father and I had our very first bonding experience. Just me and him in the back room of a butcher shop. Allow me to explain.

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