What makes us human? As our technologies become ever more sophisticated, some of the lines drawn between human and other grow blurred as well, leading us to ask increasingly important questions about what truly makes humans human. For instance: Can robots pray? While this question initially seems funny, it reflects deeply rooted beliefs that we have about prayer, technology, and ourselves. This month, we are exploring prayer, and what makes us truly human.
Birth of the Spoken Word is a master class on the art of prayer and the prayerful relationship. BOTSW presents a textured analysis of five key passages from the opening chapters of Genesis, placing prayer at the heart of the creation story. Integrating Jewish scholarship with spiritual reflection, Rav Dovid’l Weinberg considers the relationship between themes of objectivity, subjectivity, the personal, and the divine in prayer encounters in Jewish thought. With deep and thoughtful analysis of well-known and lesser-known sources, this work is right for you if you enjoy thinking about the meaning of prayer in the many streams of the Jewish tradition.