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My Road Home

My Road Home

From Secular Jew to Anglican Priest to Fulfilled Jew in The Land of Promise

Michael Neal Cohen
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My Road Home is the moving and unique story of a secular Jewish boy from North London who was converted to Christianity after surviving his tumultuous teen years, and told by the “church” and his family that he was no longer Jewish. At thirty-six, he was ordained into the Anglican Church. Nine years later, he reluctantly visited Israel, where he had a life-changing encounter with God. While praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem he believed God spoke to him, saying, “Michael, you are Jew first.” 
This encounter led Michael on an exciting new journey which eventually led to his being appointed rector of Christ Church in Jerusalem. Michael believed this was the final chapter of his “road home.” But years later, when forced to leave his position, he and his wife applied to make Aliyah (become citizens of Israel). Miraculously, their request was granted in six weeks’ time; and so began the true final chapter—and maybe the happiest—of Michael’s life. 
Sadly and unexpectedly, Michael died in 2012. This revised edition tells the story of his last years and the amazing details of how God brought his life full circle. It also tells the moving story of how the Lord helped his widow, Fran, face a future without him, in The Land of Promise.  


ISBN: 9788868800819
File size: 478.3KB
Number of pages: 192
Language: English

Book contents

1.Simchas and Schmaltz
2.A Yid and a Yold I Am, Oy Vay!
3.My Shikseh and My Goy Cohen
4.A Chassen and Geshmatt I Became
5.A Davener I Am Already
6.Off to the Gentile Yeshiva I Go (A “Yeshiva Bucher” I Become)
7.A Goy Cohen I Become (A Plosher? Never!)
8.So Now a Nudnik I Become—Oy!
9.Shalom Eretz Israel!
10.Kasheh Questions
11.Chutzpah I Show! (What Can You Do?)
12.Klutz I Am Not! Nor Yet a Chasid!
13.Shlichah! This Is Israel! This Is Israel?
14.Finally—A Citizen of “The Land”!
15.An Earthly Story Ends


This book tells of Michael’s personal journey of faith, identity, and destiny. His journey was part of a greater historical process: the restoration of Israel and the Church.
I got to know Michael in the last stage of that journey, the part in which he felt he had come home to true faith in God, to Yeshua (Jesus) as both Son of God and Son of David, to the land of Israel, and to his own identity as a Messianic Jew.
This last stage was Michael’s happiest. He felt fulfilled. He considered his role as the rector of Christ Church in Jerusalem to have been a great honor. Yet his time after that position, when he found peace in his identity as both a believer in Yeshua and as a Jew, was the time he felt most “completed.”
Again it was as if his coming into unity with his own heart was part of a greater historical process of reconciliation and restoration between Israel and the Church worldwide. For the last nine years of his life, we had the privilege of knowing Michael as part of our congregation, Ahavat Yeshua, in Jerusalem, and as part of our board of our board of directors at Revive Israel Ministries.
Despite his age, wisdom, and maturity, there was something childlike in Michael’s wonder and joy at having found peace in his own identity. He seemed to be continually refreshed and excited during those years.
He invested much of his time in one-on-one sessions with younger men in the community. He listened to them and was really concerned for them. They felt it, and appreciated it.
It is both amazing and fitting that his dear wife Fran found the unpublished final chapter on Michael’s computer after he went on to be with the Lord. She waited two and a half years before mustering the strength to republish this third edition with the final chapter.
What a great ending to a great book about a great man on a great journey! Like many others, I was privileged to be called one of his friends.
Asher Intrater
Director, Revive Israel Ministries; Pastor, Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv and Ahavat Yeshua in Jerusalem; Cofounder, Tikkun Ministries International
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Michael Neal Cohen

Michael Cohen, now retired, served as an Anglican Priest in both England and Israel before he and his wife, Fran, made their permanent home in Israel in 2003. He has an international teaching ministry, and Fran teaches traditional Israeli dance, and how to use it as an act of worship.


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