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Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

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Sunday, February 17 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Why Do We Find Prayer so Hard?

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This session will focus on why so many modern Jews find prayer so difficult. We'll talk about attitudes towards prayer among thinkers including Rambam and Heschel, and we will contrast assumptions about what makes for a genuine and meaningful prayer in Jewish tradition and in American culture. Along the way, we will touch on Thomas Aquinas, Quakerism, Thomas Merton and yoga, and the light they shed on traditional Jewish conceptions of prayer.

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Benjamin Sommer

Benjamin D. Sommer is professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His most recent book, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition, received the prestigious Goldstein‐Goren Prize in Jewish Thought from Ben Gurion University for the years 2014‐2016... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm EST
Room 8 (5th Floor)