“Where thought and breath join, and time and space begin to form”
Ethan is a religion professor at Columbia University obsessed with Jewish mysticism whose Muslim lover, Yaqub, has been falsely accused of terrorism. Ethan’s struggle to clear Yaqub’s name leads him to the Holy Land where he attempts to open the ancient gates to the Temple Mount.
Hei is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Its original meaning is shrouded in mystery, but great power is associated with it in the spiritual realm. It has a numerical value of five and thus represents the five fingers, the five senses and the five dimensions, in addition to the five levels of the soul which are detailed in Kabbalistic teachings. The letter Hei is also often used instead of writing out one of the most common names used for G-d (HaShem). It serves as a fitting metaphor for this novel in which Ethan tries to reach the place “where thought and breath join, and time and space begin to form”.
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