Professor Lawrence Schiffman is professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in late antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature. He has authored many books and publications, and he is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was part of research group during 1989 and 1990 that focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and he was a member of the academic committee for the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He also worked to make the scrolls fully published and available to the academic world.
Beyond Belief, Lesson Five: Seeking Heaven
In Lesson Two, we saw that G-d speaks to us through the prophets, but can we also speak to G-d? What can we learn about ourselves from the way in which we choose to pray? How does G-d respond to our actions and our words? Do we have to wait till after we die to find our eternal reward? Or can we find heaven (and hell) on earth? In this lesson, we examine prayer as a form of self-assessment, as well as G-d’s reward and punishment of our actions.