Joshua Berman is director of admissions and a lecturer in Bible at Nishmat--The Jerusalem Center for Advanced Jewish Study for Women. He holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Princeton University and received his ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following extended study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shevut, Israel. His articles on biblical theology and on contemporary issues in Jewish life have appeared in the pages of Amit Woman, The Jerusalem Post, Judaism, L'Eylah, Megadim, Midstream, and Tradition. He has lectured widely on these topics in Israel, the United States, and Great Britain. Rabbi Berman, his wife, Michal, and their son now reside in Beit Shemesh, Israel.
Joshua Berman has performed a fine service to the Jewish
imagination by this sustained meditation on one of Judaism's
central symbols. No one will read this book without feeling that
his understanding of Jewish spirituality has been enriched. It is a
fascinating and thought-provoking analysis of a much neglected
--Chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks