Prayer & Humanity

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. 

Central Questions 

  • Signs of Humanity: Is prayer unique to humanity, and has it always been thought of as unique to humans?
  • Learning to Pray: How do we, and can we, learn how to improve our prayer?
  • Prayer and Life: How does prayer interact with the rest of our life?


In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Samuel Lebens—a philosophy professor, rabbi, and Jewish educator—about the nature of consciousness.
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Dovid'l Weinberg—a rabbi, educator, musician, poet, and author—about the wide range of modes and levels of prayer.