Into the Fullness of the Void: A Spiritual Autobiography

Into the Fullness of the Void: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Dov Elbaum

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Overview

A spiritual journey—both deeply personal and strikingly universal.

One of Israel's leading cultural figures, Dov Elbaum grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem family, and was a prodigy who seemed destined for greatness in the world of Talmud study. But in his late teens, he abruptly broke away and set off into secular Israeli society.

In this fascinating, courageous and compelling autobiography, Elbaum seeks to understand his decision and its consequences. With the structure of Kabbalah as his road map, Elbaum journeys into the deep recesses of his self and his soul. The ultimate goal of his journey is "the Void," a Kabbalistic space that precedes God's creation of the world, and a psychological state that precedes our formation as individuals. It is a space of great vulnerability but also of hope for rebirth and renewal.

This is an intimate, honest, revealing work, both deeply personal and strikingly universal. The Hebrew edition was a bestseller and sold over 50,000 copies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580237154
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: New Spiritual Voices from Israel Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Keter —Invisible Beginnings 1
Chapter Two
Hokhma —The Abyss from Which None Ever Returns 33
Chapter Three
Binah —The Sound of a Serpent Shedding Its Skin 53
Chapter Four
Hesed—The Fiery Sword of Abraham 79
Chapter Five
Gevurah —Isaac's Ashes Lie Heaped upon the Altar 112
Chapter Six
Tiferet —Integrity beyond Truth 133
Chapter Seven
Netzah —Miriam, Prophetess of Water 153
Chapter Eight
Hod—Bar Yohai , the New Interpreter of the Body 170
Chapter Nine
Yesod —All the Dreams 186
Chapter Ten
Malkhut —All the Fears 206


A Chart of the Ten Sefirot 267
Acknowledgments 269
Notes 271

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