The Seventh Telling: The Kabbalah of Moeshe Kapan
The Seventh Telling is a journey into the Kabbalah, a spiritual discipline hidden within the folds of Jewish history. Stephanie and Sidney have been studying with Moshe Katan, a kabbalist who shared his learning only when he perceived that a kabbalistic intervention might be necessary to save the life of Rivkah, his wife. What has happened to Moshe and Rivkah we do not kno...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 17th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published January 15th 2001)
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To me, this book was a fascinating failure. But what it was to me may not be the most important thing about it. I could not suspend my disbelief in the idea that Kabbalah can be used for therapeutic or healing purposes, and therefore, the book seemed like a fantasy novel. And I have read much better fantasy novels. The characters are underdeveloped, and the older couple, Moshe and Rivka, are even so more real to me than the couple Sidney and Stephanie, who tell the frame story. They seem like de...more
I tried, really. I'm not Jewish, I don't know a thing about the Kabbalah, and this book will be more interesting if you do. I found the one couple telling the other couple's story weird (kick out the first couple) and once they got into the mystical stuff, I really couldn't follow. If I knew the symbolism and all, I may have liked it. So, it really IS just me this time! :D
This is the first volume in a projected trilogy. It involves the life and spiritual development of a Reform rabbi in the 1980s (approximately). It is also a gentle satire on the state of Jewish life in America and what congregational rabbis are up against. Four stars because while I enjoyed it, I thought the second volume was more gripping.