Singing God’s Words: Religious Experience, Chant and Sacred Text in Contemporary Judaism

March 4, 2018 Cambridge Free 0
Rabbi Jeffrey Summit (Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)
Rabbi Jeffrey Summit (Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

This lecture draws from the research for professor Jeffrey Summit’s new book, “Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism” (Oxford University Press, 2016), the first study of the meaning and experience of chanting Torah among contemporary American Jews. He explores why and how a growing number of American Jews see the public chanting of biblical texts as one of the most authentic expressions of their religious identity and how this ritual is shaped by digital technology, feminism, and contemporary views of spiritual experience.

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