Standing Before God
Prayer and the Spiritual Life in Four Modern Jewish Thinkers

Shai Held

What happens when I pray—to me? to God? What outcomes (if any) do I hope for? How does prayer relate to spiritual life more broadly, and how does my theology interact with my experience of prayer? This series will explore the ways in which four modern Jewish thinkers understand the meaning of prayer, and how their interpretation of prayer relates to their broader religious worldviews—and to our own contemporary religious questions.

More God, Less Ego: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on Prayer and Self-Transcendence
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More God, Less Ego: Video
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The Transformative Power of Speech: Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik on the Redemptive Potential of Prayer
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The Transformative Power of Speech: Video
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Praying When God is Hidden: Prayer for the Sake of What?: Two Visions (The Netivot Shalom and the Pachad Yitzchak)
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Praying When God is Hidden: Video
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