Pil­grim: Risk­ing the Life I Have to Find the Faith I Seek

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May 22, 2014

Sec­u­lar Jew Lee Kravitz is adrift. Shak­en deeply by 9/11 and the loss of his job, he finds him­self yearn­ing for God and a spir­i­tu­al home. His wife, an athe­ist, can’t under­stand why their fam­i­ly life isn’t enough for Lee, and his friends can’t relate. Then Lee suf­fers what he thinks is a heart attack, and he real­izes that he must take action on his spir­i­tu­al long­ings what­ev­er the cost. Lee’s jour­ney takes him from silent Quak­er meet­ings and Bud­dhist med­i­ta­tion groups to Hin­du ecsta­t­ic chant­i­ng ses­sions and a can­dlelit Christ­mas Eve mass. Along the way, he explores the lat­est research on how reli­gion, belief and var­i­ous spir­i­tu­al prac­tices effect our brains, emo­tions and health. Even­tu­al­ly, all roads lead him to a Jew­ish Renew­al com­mu­ni­ty in Lee’s neigh­bor­hood that trans­forms his under­stand­ing of Judaism and his life.

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