Sam Berrin Shonkoff is assistant professor of Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He is the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy (Brill, 2018) and coeditor, with Ariel Evan Mayse, of Hasidism: Writings onDevotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World (Brandeis University Press, forthcoming). Shonkoff is currently completing a book on Buber’s interpretations of Hasidic sources.
When the Israelites at Sinai declared, Na’aseh v’nishma, “We shall do and we shall hear,” they expressed a profound principle: It is through doing that we hear divinity. Spiritual insight is inseparable from bodily action.