multi-dimensional teaching tale that serves as a gentle gate to
a living encounter with the experiential Kabbalah."
-- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Paradigm Shift
"I never thought that anyone could write a novel based on Kabbalistic
themes and make it work but Mitchell Chefitz has pulled it off!
I was spellbound from the first page on. This is an extraordinary
novel by a bold new voice in contemporary fiction."
-- Jack Riemer, co-editor of So That Your Values Live
"The Seventh Telling is magnificent. It is written beautifully, but even beyond that, it teaches, it guides, it intrigues, it inspires. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. It is, as Reb Shlomo (Carlebach) would say, ‘the highest and the deepest, the sweetest and the holiest.'"
-- Wayne Dosick, author of Living Judaism and Soul Judaism.
"A book for
the sages--the little sage we carry inside who snubs fiction. The
Seventh Telling: The Kabbalah of Moshe Katan will turn him and her
inside out, to each reader's delight. Who would have thought that
the most natural way to learn the Kabbalah's secrets would be in
the guise of a novel, yet Rabbi Chefitz has fused secular and spiritual
worlds in a transparent crucible of narrative until we can no longer
tell where heaven begins or the story ends."
-- David Rosenberg, author of Dreams of Being Eaten Alive:
The Literary Core of the Kabbalah
Telling brings Kabbalah home. A fascinating story, so engagingly
told it may make you a Kabbalist! Chefitz blends ancient legend
and contemporary insight into a fine read, riddled with insight
and wisdom. An excellent introduction to contemporary Jewish mystical
-- Lawrence Kushner, author of Invisible Lines of Connection;
Eyes Remade for Wonder and other books
psychology and deep kabbala, sex and intellect and twentieth century
history, knowledge of human pain and human--or is it divine--compassion,
Mitchell Chefitz' The Seventh Telling reaches beyond doubt toward
thrilling possibilities of faith and healing."
-- Alicia Osrtriker, author of The Nakedness of the Fathers
"I don't know
how you possibly could have communicated what you have in a non-fiction
format. You have made our spiritual tradition into a living one,
not merely a documentation of ideas. You have taken a great risk
by doing this but your risk has been successful!"
-- Arthur Kurzweil, Editor in Chief, The Jewish Book Club
skillfully written tale of interwoven stories that deals with human
nature and kabbalistic intrigue. The Seventh Telling will grab your
attention from the first sentence and will stay with you long after
you've turned the last page. Through an array of characters and
circumstances you will not only gain insights into kabbalah, you
will have a greater knowledge of the Divine healing power within
-- Shoni Labowitz, author of Miraculous Living: A Guided
Journey in Kabbalah Through the Ten Gates of the Tree of Life
and God, Sex and Women of the Bible: Discovering our Sensual,
Telling is a wonderful and seductive book. What at first appears
to be a story turns out to be a guided tour of the soul; a deep
meditation on the nature of God, woman, man, and nature. The reader
joins the characters in the book as an active participant in their
kabbalistic inquiry. This is not just a book to read, but a spiritual
adventure to be enjoined. The Seventh Telling invites an eighth
-- your own."
-- Rami Shapiro, author of The Way of Solomon