JTS Scholar to Address Deepest Spiritual Questions at 92nd Street Y

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February 12, 2007, New York, NY

Rabbi Neil Gillman, one of the Conservative Movement's leading theologians and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss "Sensing God's Presence: Where or When?" at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15 in the Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The discussion will be based on Rabbi Gillman's newest book, Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life.

Thought–provoking yet easily accessible, this spiritual guide focuses the reader's attention to the every day and holy days that shape religious life and helps answer the reader's heartfelt spiritual questions, including: How can I know God really exists? How do I know when God is present? How much control do I have over my own destiny? Why do I suffer and what role do I play in redemption—both human and divine?

Dr. Gillman is Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at JTS, where he has also served as Dean of The Rabbinical School, from which he was ordained in 1960. He is the author of Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year"; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; and The Jewish Approach to God: A Brief Introduction for Christians.

Further information is available by contacting Asha Curran at (212) 415–5763, or Sharon Goldman at (212) 415–5601.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule and interview with Dr. Gillman, please contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953; or email.

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