Between the Lines: Embers of Pilgrimage

By :  Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Jan 11, 2022 / 5782 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines

Dr. Eitan Fishbane spoke about his book, Embers of Pilgrimage (Panui Publications), a collection of original poems incorporating imagery from the Zohar and other Jewish mystical works.

Professor John Burt of Brandeis University says: “The poems in Embers of Pilgrimage reflect a religious sensibility at the same time very modern and very ancient, very traditional and very personal, very Jewish but also very ecumenical, very deep but also very accessible. They are completely original; nobody else in the world could have written them, but everybody will recognize in them something true, something they might have been on the verge of thinking but would never have reached otherwise.”

This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, will serve as moderator.


Dr. Eitan P. Fishbane is associate professor of Jewish Thought at JTS, where he teaches students in all five graduate and undergraduate schools. Fishbane earned his PhD and BA, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University, and he served on the faculties of Carleton College and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion before coming to JTS in 2006. A 2015-2016 JTS Chancellor’s Fellow, Dr. Fishbane recently completed a term of service on the Faculty Executive Committee; he serves on the Rabbinical School Council at JTS, as BA and MA Advisor in Jewish Thought, and was Division Chair for Jewish Mysticism at the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) from 2017-2020. Among his published works are The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar (Oxford University Press, 2018) and As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist (Stanford University Press, 2009). Fishbane was a 2011 recipient of the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.