36. “My Jesus Year,” Benyamin Cohen

Benyamin Cohen, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, begins to doubt the faith he was born into and wonders how Christianity manages to be so appealing. He under-takes a year-long pilgrimage to various Christian churches trying to understand why Christianity feels vibrant, main-stream, and personal while Judiasm feels staid, unusual, and isolating.

As one might expect, it ends happily, with Cohen gaining useful insights into his own religion through the Christians he speaks to and approaches Judaism with new enthusiasm.

This book, incidentally, ushers in a new tag, don’t judge a book by its cover, for books that utterly fail to live up to the expectations created by their marketing. The book was a fast an fairly enjoyable read, but “hilarious” it was not.

Page count: 252
Page total: 9,004
Call number: F294.A89J525 2008

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