Naked Rabbi, The
The joys, quirks and pitfalls of congregational life when God is both present and absent.
What is it really like being a minister of religion? How much Vicar of Dibley, dealing with dotty parishioners and how much Rev, wading through social dilemmas and individual crises?
The Naked Rabbi takes a serious, but also affectionate, look at the life of a rabbi, which will resonate with any person of faith.
Jonathan Romain opens a remarkable window onto cycle of life areas - from birth to betrothal to burial - along with the joys, hiccups and tragedies in between.
He also charts how he has put sermons into action, speaking out on issues such as pioneering a more welcoming approach to mixed-faith couples, trying to make faith schools more inclusive, arguing for assisted dying to be legalised, and intervening in the 2020 General Election against Jeremy Corbyn.
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Do you want to know what it's really like to be a Rabbi? Then you've got to read this book. It's not an orthodox account but then the author isn't an orthodox man. But it is funny where it should be and moving where it should be, and intellectually stimulating throughout. ~ Daniel Finkelstein, Associate Editor, The Times
Not only is this a fascinating ‘behind the curtain’ look at the day-to-day life of a rabbi, it is one that will resonate with all of us who seek to minister to a religious congregation - its joys, its pains, its challenges. It skewers the lazy idea that the religious professional is other-worldly and only works at weekends. It reminded me what a great privilege it is to be alongside people in their great adventure of faith, however expressed. It's a terrific book. ~ Giles Fraser, Anglican priest and broadcaster
A fascinating insight into rabbinical life from one of the most prominent holders of this office in the UK, Jonathan Roman is in equal measure informed and entertaining. His position has given him access to key figures engaged with the most significant social and political debates of the past few decades, and his perspective from that of a reform rabbi is truly engaging. ~ Ruth Gledhill, Online Editor, The Tablet
In just one book Jonathan Romain encapsulates the rollercoaster of being a rabbi, or any clergy for that matter. With a depth of warmth and honesty that is so rare, we are taken through the daily delights and difficulties that not only make up the life of a rabbi, but far more importantly, all of our lives. I loved every moment of reading this book, as you will too. ~ Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. Former Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism