"As a life-long Jewish communal professional, I have had the pleasure of learning from some of the greatest Jewish teachers of our generation. None of those experiences, however, surpassed the pleasure I had at the opportunity to listen to Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins each Shabbat during his year of residency at my shul here in Miami. The breadth and depth of his knowledge, his love of Zion and the Jewish people and his engaging, unassuming and - at times - entertaining style all combined to great effect for people of varying backgrounds and interests. As good as his books are, he's even better in person!"
-- Jacob Solomon, Executive Director, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
"Dov Peretz Elkins, as a communicator par excellence, brings knowledge,
skill and passion to Jewish groups everywhere. Dov represents the very best
of motivation, inspiration and education for leadership and financial
-- Bob Gast, President and CEO (Retired), Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
"Rabbi Elkins is an exciting speaker with a message that we desperately need to
hear. It is a message of renewal, hope and faith in the religion of our ancestors."
-- Rabbi Steven Saltzman, Adath Israel Congregation, Toronto, Ontario
"Dr. Elkins was a wonderful guest and speaker. While he spoke on his new
book, Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul, he also can speak on dozens of other
topics. He is articulate, interesting and mixes everything up with the proper
dose of humor and solid learning. Clearly he has earned his reputation as a
-- Rabbi David Rosen, Beth Yeshurun, Houston, Texas
"The author has a remarkable knack for choosing those statements in the "wide sea" of the Talmud that best express the human values of Judaism. Even as a collection of moral and ethical aphorisms, the book will be outstanding. Add to that the author's elaboration and explication of the values inherent in these dicta in a charming and literate style, and you have a book that is not only worth reading and studying, but also sharing with others."
-- Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor, Yeshiva University, New York City
"Our Congregation has had a long history of visiting scholars and we were
immensely impressed by Rabbi Elkins' presentation, warmth, and depth of
knowledge. Through the years I have enjoyed learning from Rabbi Elkins
through his rabbinic resources. To have him speak and teach at our
Congregation was a wonderful program which enriched not only the members of
the Congregation but me as well."
-- Rabbi Sanford Akselrad, Congregation Ner Tamid, Las Vegas
"Your talk at the San Diego Hadassah Day for the Jewish Book Fair helped us
make it a big success. Feedback for your presentation was extremely
enthusiastic. People loved your book and your talk. We hope to have you back
again soon." -- Charlotte Sultan, San Diego Hadassah Book Fair
"What Rabbi Elkins does in this one volume window in the heart of the world's
greatest books is truly amazing. His discussions are engaging, inspiring,
comprehensive and scholarly. I have found his book to be exceptionally
accurate, thorough and comprehensive. This is a veritable treasure. I cannot
praise this wonderful book enough."
-- Prof. Shalom Paul, Chair, Department of Bible, Hebrew University of
"Dr. Dov Peretz Elkins has once again proved himself to be a sage for all
ages. [He has...] profound insight, elegant articulation, and a pervasive
-- Professor David Noel Freedman
Editor-in-Chief, The Anchor Bible Project
"Dov Peretz Elkins is a gifted rabbi and teacher who has authored a number of
books which are very popular among his colleagues."
-- Dr. David L. Lieber, President Emeritus, University of Judaism
"Dov Peretz Elkins continues to educate and inspire us all. His unique
talents and knowledge allow him to present the most important values and
concepts...to a wide audience of persons in a characteristically intelligent
and accessible manner. This book is a jewel."
-- Rabbi David Ellenson,
President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
"Rabbi Elkins' incisive and highly accessible explorations of key teachings
of the Hebrew Scriptures provide a useful new resource for Christians and
Jews alike. Christian clergy, Sunday school teachers and Bible study participants
will find here a rich vein of rabbinical insight into our shared sacred texts,
informed by a deep commitment to interfaith fellowship and a concern to speak directly and
straightforwardly to the human condition."
-- The Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Dean of Religious Life, Princeton University
"Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is a great teacher."
-- Edward I. Koch, former Mayor, New York City
"Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins combines all of the ingredients of a master teacher;
command of material, humor, engaging personality, insights and delivery. His
audiences are constantly captured by his unique ability to translate difficult
concepts into understandable terms. He is a special guide to one's mind and soul."
-- Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe, Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley (Philadelphia), PA
"Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins captivates his audience as he offers profound insights
of the Jewish Tradition and shows how they can be a source of wisdom to us as we
raise life’s inevitable challenges. He inspires us to find, in the wisdom of the
past, the strength we need to meet the challenges of today."
-- Rabbi Irwin Groner, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield (Detroit), MI
"Rabbi Elkins is one of the outstanding scholar-lecturers in the contemporary Rabbinate. Not only does he possess exceptional human relation capacities, part of his career was spent as a trainer in human relations on a national level. He is a highly published author to the envy of colleagues such as myself and he served in sophisticated synagogues including the major congregation in Princeton in which many faculty including the university President were members. He and his wife Maxine, an outstanding educator in her own right, are highly personable."
-- Rabbi Haskell M. Bernat, Miami, FL
"Dear Rabbi Elkins, Your program here last week for Jewish Book Month was outstanding. The audience loved your riveting talk, your sense of humor, and the wealth of knowledge you imparted in such an engaging and fascinating fashion. Many people bought the book, and even more bought it in the days following your outstanding presentation. It seems that word of mouth has spread around the community about what a wonderful author you are and how valuable your books are. We hope you will be able to return to Buffalo in the near future, so we will have the pleasure of learning from you, and enjoying your educational andentertaining presence once again very soon." -- Sandy Saada, Cultural Arts Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc., Getzville, NY
"Dov Peretz Elkins is to the pulpit what prophecy is to peace: an exercise
in awakening the hopeful spirit of the Jewish People. His stories and many
faceted experiences evoke neshamah [soul] and promote a sense of finding the
good in others. His visit to my congregation left lasting good will."
-- Rabbi Yitzchak Richard Yellin, Temple Emeth, Delray Beach, Florida