Prayer and Conciousness

Rabbi Dr. Meir Sendor
Previously: Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Currently: Rabbi
Young Israel of Sharon, MA

This lecture explores consciousness and its relation to prayer as expressed in kabbala and philosophy. Prayer is focused upon a paradox: using finite words and concepts one attempts to address an infinite God. The lecture explores how a leap in consciousness is achieved in mystical prayer. The lecture weaves sources from the Talmud, the philosophy of Levinas and early Kabbalistic works into a theory of transcending ordinary consciousness through prayer.