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... between them--that can teach us to be better listeners today.See lessSee more
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Making Sense of the Revelation at Sinai - Revisiting Maimonides' Account of Revelation - TheTorah.com
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.
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?
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.