Rabbi Ben Kamin is the award-winning author of ten books and is a scholar on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has led congregations in Toronto, New York, Cleveland, and San Diego since his ordination in 1978. He has published hundreds of articles about community life in newspapers around the world, ranging from the New York Times to the International Herald-Tribune. Rabbi Kamin appears frequently on radio and television and serves on several national boards dealing with community affairs and multicultural relations. He lives in Encinitas, California with his wife and their four children.
“Rabbi Ben Kamin is a compassionate expert on spiritual inclusiveness, especially as it applies to a generation of deeply feeling yet religiously disenchanted younger people. In this refreshingly accessible guide for those seeking a place to alight, he builds a bridge between ironclad traditions and newer demographics that require flexibility. His enlightened application of ‘spiritual pragmatism’ liberates biblical characters from theological traps and makes them as real, flawed, and human as we are.”
-Eric Fingerhut, Former US Congressman and President of Hillel International
“An extremely timely and insightful book written for the many people who are dissatisfied with religion but want more than strict secularism. Millennials are looking for meaning, an older population is rejecting materialism, conscious capitalism is ascending, and Pope Francis is more and more appealing as a world religious leader. Rabbi Ben Kamin has captured the old-time spiritual values hidden in scripture. This is a must-read for everyone, regardless of faith background.”
-Joseph W. Jordan, Author of Living a Life of Significance
“Rabbi Ben Kamin’s new book is filled with hope and tolerance and a unique understanding of the original intentions of the Bible. As a survivor of four Nazi death camps, I can attest to what happens when people completely judge and humiliate others just because we have a different view, a different background, or a different understanding of God. Kamin’s book is the inspirational opposite of racism and separatism. In speaking to people around the world about religious bigotry, I have found that so many are afflicted with the need to make themselves bigger by making others smaller. Rabbi Kamin reminds us that in the eyes of God, we are all the same size and we all have equal value.”
-Lou Dunst, Holocaust survivor and inspirational speaker
“This is a book for all those who have voted with their feet and walked away from organized religion, yet, at the same time, have a spiritual yearning to deeply connect with what is holy and sacred in the world and make meaning of their lives.”–Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Executive Director, Big Tent Judaism, Author of Life’s Daily Blessings