The author contends that his work is for those who have never been satisfied with the usual approaches to the "message" of Judaism, that is, individuals seeking a "firmer grasp" of the religion's "point or purpose or reason-for-being.""When he says Judaism's most fundamental prayer, often with the tallis draped over his head, a Jew is instructed in the Talmud to imagine himself in God's presence. The tallis separates him from the imagined presence of the Lord. Now picture the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Wall is the holiest site in Judaism, but makes for a remarkable shrine because it is blank and undecorated, with exactly nothing within or behind or beyond it; yet Jews feel near to God at the Wall, for many reasons. Tallis and Wall blend together. Each is a blank plane (or 'veil') that separates a Jew from (or connects him to) holiness."Summon up one last image: the Second Temple on a mountaintop. The author reminds us that it was organized as a series of courtyards that led to the innermost spot of all: "the empty, cubical room called the Holy of Holies. ... The Temple leads you inward, as [Abraham Joshua Heschel]'s journey to Mount Moriah and [Moses]' to Mount N'vo [at the end of his life] must have led them into the depths of their own hearts and souls." This is just a glance, as the author states, into the last of his four themes, "Inward Pilgrimage."