Summary of The Seventh Telling
dead to me, Stephanie's father told her when she married Sidney
thirty years before. There had been no contact in all that
time, until her mother died, and then only a terse note.
a journey into the Kabbalah, the spiritual discipline hidden
until recently within the folds of Jewish history. While her
husband tells the stories of the framework of the Kabbalah,
Stephanie discovers and reveals secrets buried since biblical
times. She takes enormous risks to tie the fabric of her life
together when it seems certain it will tear apart.
and the stories derive from the teachings of Moshe Katan, a twentieth
century kabbalist, who shared his learning only when faced with
a personal crisis. He perceived a kabbalistic intervention might
be necessary to save the life of Rivkah, his wife. For that reason
alone he taught the course that opened Sidney's and Stephanie's
eyes, a byproduct of what was intended primarily for Rivkah.
We do not hear
the course, only stories of it, told by Sidney and Stephanie in
the home of Rivkah and Moshe. What has happened to them we do not
know, only that the house is now being used to tell the stories,
a spiritual discipline to share with those willing to risk an examination
of the very core of their beliefs and understandings.
Telling is a roller coaster ride through all the worlds -- physical,
emotional, intellectual and spiritual. It is a story of transformation,
of Moshe, Rivkah, Sidney and Stephanie, and, quite possibly, of
the reader as well.