Into the Fullness of the Void: A Spiritual Autobiography

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Jewish Lights Publishing
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6.06 X 9.05 X 0.81 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author

Dov Elbaum, an award-winning author and teacher and a leader in the new generation of Jewish spiritual thinkers, is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and hosts a weekly television talk show. He was awarded the Israel President's Prize for Young Writers and is the recipient of the Liebhaber Prize for the Promotion of Religious Tolerance and Cultural Pluralism.


"Join Dov Elbaum, one of Israel's most creative thinkers, on a year-long spiritual journey, whose itinerary follows the map of the ten sefirot, the aspects of God's personality. Reading along, you'll soon find yourself on your own voyage of discovery."
-Daniel C. Matt, author, God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality, The Zohar: Annotated and Explained and the multi-volume annotated translation The Zohar: Pritzker Edition

"[A] wise intertwining of personal journey and Jewish direction, textual richness and struggle to glean ancient meaning and finally, fear with faith.... A deep read!"
-Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, president, The Wexner Foundation

"Masterful ... reflects the quiet truth, 'The hardest journey is the journey inward.' In chronicling his [journey of] taking Jewish tradition seriously while not literally, [Elbaum] charts a path for us all."
-Edwin Goldberg, DHL, Israel and Ida G. Bettan Professor Emeritus of Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR; author, Saying No and Letting Go: Jewish Wisdom on Making Room for What Matters Most

"In the best of Jewish interpretive tradition ... illuminates not only the depth of the author's inner life, but the wealth and complexity of Jewish religious experience through the generations."
-Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, professor of Jewish thought and philosophy, Hebrew University; fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute

"[From] one of the great Jewish visionaries of our time, [a] stunning and unique ... Kabbalistic map for all of our inner journeys."
-Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute; author, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land

"A wild spiritual ride! ... Through Elbaum's magic touch the Torah once again sings."
-Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University; author, Passing Life's Tests: Spiritual Reflections on the Trial of Abraham, the Binding of Isaac and God of Becoming and Relationship: The Dynamic Nature of Process Theology

"With rare sincerity, from within his own sufferings and revelations woven into carefully selected ancient texts, Elbaum peels away worn-out expressions and summons us to dare to enter into the mist of the Sacred, to follow our ancestors into the Void in the quest for God, for faith, for life."
-Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, vice president, Masorti Rabbinical Assembly

"Magnificent and challenging.... A book of depth, offering no pat answers to deep religious questions. In the honest struggle that emerges, Elbaum demonstrates his deep learning and gentle soul.... For those who care about the deepest theological issues ... an important guide and fellow traveler."
-Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, executive director, Mechon Hadar; author, Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities

"Renders accessible engimatic Kabbalistic ideas, turning them into windows into the human soul. An intellectually rewarding and emotionally satisfying work."
-Micha Goodman, director, Ein Prat Academy for Leadership; author, Secrets of the Guide to the Perplexed

"On the journey of faith, the true seeker must have the courage to stand in a place of uncertainty and ask difficult questions. [Elbaum] explores the landscape of faith, subjecting his experience to a comprehensive and profound analysis that is informed by meticulous scholarship and the determination to know God and live in t