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God is in My Backpack

A Young Rabbi's Epic Adventure

By Ben Tanny

God is in My Backpack is the true and exciting story of Rabbi Ben Tanny. At the age of 25, after only three years working as a Rabbi, Ben left the pulpit and began his travels of the world.

This is not just any kind of world tour. Ben's plans to climb the world's highest mountains, scuba dive with sharks, and see some of the world's most impressive sites. During his unique and eye-opening journey, he hopes to meet interesting people, learn more about the world, discover and explore all it has to offer, and visit many Jewish communities.

While traveling, Ben's personal beliefs, as a spiritual leader, and as a religious Orthodox Jew will be challenged as new situations constantly arise. Now it is time to see what he really believes in. Ben is out to find God in the world.  

God is in My Backpack follows the first year of Ben Tanny's travels from Australia to Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and India. He shares his personal journey as he discovers a deeper connection with the world at large... and with God.

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An amazing inspirational book!Review by Rachel
If you have ever had in your mind a particular image of what/who a Rabbi is and what they do, get ready to have that image shattered completely. Rabbi Tanny takes us on a worldwide adventure that shows how even a Rabbi can lead an adventurous life. In a world where orthodox Rabbis are often perceived as staid and rigid, Rabbi Tanny emphasizes the flexibility of orthodox Judaism.

Is it possible to be religious and travel anywhere? Yes, it is! Rabbi Tanny does it and takes his readers along for the ride. He shows that it is possible to hold onto orthodox Judaism and not miss out on anything the world has to offer (except eating guinea pigs and iguanas!). From the very tops of mountains to the bottom of the oceans, he can do it an STILL be a Rabbi.

If you have ever questioned your religious commitment and felt you're alone, you don't need to feel alone anymore. Even though he is a Rabbi, Rabbi Tanny has his questions and challenges, too. He asks the hard questions like should he sacrifice summiting a mountain in order to keep Shabbat, if nobody will ever know? You see his struggle and can ask yourself the same hard questions.

Overall, this book is a journey of self-discovery, seen through the unique lens of Orthodox Judaism. It is not your typical travelogue, nor is it a typical "Jewish" book. It is at once inspirational, spiritual, and wildly adventurous. It really is a book with a message for everyone. (Posted on 12/25/2014)

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Additional Info

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ISBN 978-156871-578-0
Pages 400
SKU targum1001