Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav once said, “Wherever I go, I am going toward the Land of Israel. All holiness comes by way of the Land of Israel. Only there can one ascend the ladder of holiness to higher and higher levels. Whoever wishes to be a Jew, namely, “to climb the rungs”, can only do so through the Land of Israel.” In this memoir, “To Climb The Rungs”, Dov Peretz Elkins has culled stories from his Rabbinic career that highlight his contributions in Jewish education and commitment to the Jewish people.
As co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, Jack Canfield says that “Dov Peretz Elkins is one of the most spiritual people I know.”Dr. Shoshana Silberman says that “Rabbi Elkins has a gift – one that any writer would envy. He has the knack for learning about something and seeing its value … because of his deep love for Jewish wisdom. He knows where to find it and then make it accessible.”From Fort Gordon to Princeton, and then up to Jerusalem, Dov Peretz Elkins continues “to climb the rungs” to be a devoted and passionate Jew and Zionist.