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Torah and Science – The Controversy Remains

Those who hold the view that everything the Talmud says about scientific matters is unquestionable are probably the largest segment of Orthodoxy and are certainly the fastest growing.
Torah and Science - The Controversy Remains

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If I were a member of the right wing rabbinic leadership, I would take very serious note of this and try and do something about it. And that ‘something’ cannot be trying to change the views of those who believe as Rabbis Ariel, Sacks, and Slifkin do. That will not work and I think they probably know it. If these rabbinic leaders don’t rethink their attitude in this regard – the resultant split will be beyond tragic.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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3 Responses to “Torah and Science – The Controversy Remains”

  1. This split is very unfortunate.

    Rabbi Riskin was my Bible teacher. He said that one can interpret a Biblical day of creation in other than 24 hours-say like a billion earth days-

    Joseph Campbell points out that Genesis speaks about cities being built within 2 generations of the first human whereas science indicates it is more like 2 million generations.

    Having to believe in something that is not true, such as that the earth is literally less than 6,000 years old, really diminishes the authority of Torah.

    The Torah has kept the Jewish people together for thousands of years. During that time it was always seen as a higher law created by a higher power. But it was also not considered to be a Physics or Biology or even a History book.

  2. Myriam Obadia says:

    After all the geniuses the Jewish people gave the world, we are getting under the sway of imbeciles who cannot grasp that there is no conflict at all between science and Judaism. The only thing that changes through the ages is the understanding we humans have of divine creation, not the creation itself. As a matter of fact, science validated Torah much more deeply that the fairy tales we used to believe. Remember how we used to laugh at the pope who condemned Galileo? Well, we can't laugh now, because Judaism was highjacked by the same sort of cretinous fanatics.

  3. Aaron Remer says:

    Harry Maryles,

    Your piece is rife with improper transliterations and pronunciations.

    If you claim to be an expert in your field then at least treat the Hebrew language with the respect it deserves!

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