My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in by Benyamin Cohen
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 is going to synagogue, and he even flies to manhattan on weekends for a chain of "speed dates" with great, eligible Jewish ladies. yet, whatever is lacking. searching of his window and around the highway at one of many thousands of church buildings in Atlanta, he asks, "What wouldn't it be prefer to be a Christian?"
So starts off Benyamin Cohen's hilarious trip that's My Jesus Year—part memoir, half non secular quest, and half anthropologist's undertaking. between Cohen's many adventures (and misadventures), he unearths himself in a few particularly not likely locations: leaping into the mosh-pit at a Christian rock live performance, seeing his face projected at the great JumboTron of an African-American megachurch, vacationing a possible convert with younger Mormon missionaries, attending a Christian "professional wrestling" fit, and waking up early for a dawn Easter carrier on most sensible of Stone Mountain—a accomplice memorial and previous base of operations for the KKK.
During his year-long exploration, Cohen sees the simplest and the worst of Christianity— #8212;from megachurches to storefront church buildings; from crass commercialization of faith to the easy, relocating religion of the standard believer; from the profound to the profane to the simply undeniable laughable. all through, he retains an open center and brain, a great humorousness, and takes what he learns from Christianity to mirror on his personal religion and dating to God. by means of year's finish, to Cohen's shock, his look for common solutions and truths within the Bible Belt truly make him a greater Jew.