When modern Jews open the Torah or Tanach they are immediately confronted by a vastly different world than the one they are used to. The phenomenon of God speaking to man – prophecy – is foreign to us today. Nevertheless, the belief that God has communicated His Will to mankind is at the very foundation of Judaism. This class will explore the concept, history, and nature of prophecy. We will learn, among other things, that the primary goal of prophecy is to achieve a heightened closeness with God and the secondary goal is the communication of messages to the Jewish people. In the second class we will explore examples of prophecy and why there is no open prophecy today.