Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo

Come and Listen: Hearing Beyond the Echo
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Sam Fleischacker

Professor | University of Illinois at Chicago

Judaism offers us unique ways to both listen openly and without judgment on the one hand and critically on the other. Philosophy Professor Sam Fleischacker thinks both of these ways--and the tension that exists... See more


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Making Sense of the Revelation at Sinai - Revisiting Maimonides' Account of Revelation -

Did Moses take dictation? How can we vouch for his prophecy today? In what way is the Torah a product of divine origin? These are some of the questions Prof. Sam Fleischacker addresses in this essay about revelation, empowering us to stand--once again--with Moses on Sinai.

Revelation and Authority: A Symposium -

Does it make any sense to be shomer mitzvot if you accept the basic propositions of biblical criticism? Is it hypocritical to say "amen" to the blessing before the Torah reading if you don't believe that God or Moses wrote the words that are then chanted out loud?

Hearing God's Voice: Two Models for Accepting The Torah -

Accepting the Torah-- We would like clear evidence that the Torah is God's word - if God has spoken to us, we would like to know that God has spoken. But mature, reflective religious belief needs to be based on the recognition that we cannot have such evidence.

Sam  Fleischacker, 

Professor | University of Illinois at Chicago

Sam Fleischacker is LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), Director of Jewish Studies there, and founder of UIC’s Jewish-Muslim Initiative.  He works on moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of eight books, including The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015) and Divine Teaching and the Way of the World, (Oxford, 2011), both of which deal with the importance of revelation to our ethical lives, and the editor of two collections of papers, including Heidegger’s Jewish Followers (Duquesne, 2008).  He has also written on revelation for the (“Hearing God’s Voice” and “Making Sense of Revelation”) and for The Book of Doctrines and Opinions (“Words of a Living God”).  In addition to his university teaching, he lectures and teaches widely at synagogues.  In 2016-17, he is a Berggruen Fellow at New York University, where he is working, among other things, on a collection of short pieces on the Shema.