Article Published in Kol HaBirah: “Hearing in the New Year” – Sept 2017

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Hearing in the New Year

I am fascinated by the spirituality of hearing. Hearing requires an intrinsic connection between the source of the sound and the one who hears. The dynamics of hearing are emphasized throughout the Tanach, Talmud, and our liturgy. It focuses on us hearing G-d and each other, as well as G-d listening to us. Ultimately, our acts of listening and responding will bring redemption.

The most famous instance of hearing is the Shema prayer: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our G-d, the Lord is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Israelites are being told to hear our core doxology — G-d’s oneness.

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