Jacob Solomon

Executive Director, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

“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!”  

Bob Gast

President and CEO (Retired), Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado

“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 resource development!”

Rabbi Steven Saltzman

Adath Israel Congregation, Toronto, Ontario

“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 David Rosen

Beth Yeshurun, Houston, Texas

“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 first-rate speaker.”

Rabbi Norman Lamm

Chancellor, Yeshiva University, New York City

“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 Sanford Akselrad

Congregation Ner Tamid, Las Vegas

“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.”

Charlotte Sultan

San Diego Hadassah Book Fair

“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.” 

Prof. Shalom Paul

Former Chair, Department of Bible, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“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.”

Professor David Noel Freedman

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Anchor Bible Project

“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 light touch.”

Dr. David L. Lieber

President Emeritus, University of Judaism

“Dov Peretz Elkins is a gifted rabbi and teacher who has authored a number of books which are very popular among his colleagues.”

Rabbi David Ellenson

Former President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

“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.”

The Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal

Former Dean of Religious Life, Princeton University

“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.”

Edward I. Koch

Former Mayor, New York City

“Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is a great teacher.”

Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe

Former Rabbi, Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley (Philadelphia), PA

“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 Irwin Groner

Former Rabbi, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield (Detroit), MI

“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 Haskell M. Bernat

Miami, FL

“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.”

Sandy Saada

Cultural Arts Director, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, Inc., NY

“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 and entertaining presence once again very soon.” 

Rabbi Yitzchak Richard Yellin

Former Rabbi, Temple Emeth, Florida

“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.”