Bob Dylan visits the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on the day of his son's bar mitzvah, September 20, 1983.
No major rock star has ever undergone as radical a religious transformation as Bob Dylan. The man who once wrote "Don't follow leaders, Watch your parking meters" launched a tour in 1979 behind his gospel LP Slow Train Coming in which he didn't play any of his old songs. Between tunes he preached fire and brimstone. "I told you the 'The times They Are A-Changin' and they did!" he preached to the crowd one night in 1979. "I told you the answer was 'Blowin' In The Wind' and it was! And I'm saying to you now, Jesus us coming back and he is! There is no other way to salvation...Jesus is coming back to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem for a thousand years." By the mid-1980s the singer born Robert Allen Zimmerman had returned to his Jewish roots, no doubt making his mother a very happy woman.