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Religious-Zionist Rabbis Welcome Evolution into School Curriculum

Israel's rabbis don't see evolution as a threat, and some believe it will help the students add more depth and understanding to their Torah learning and faith.
Evolution: fact or theory?

Evolution: fact or theory?

Israel’s Religious-Zionist Rabbis are welcoming the introduction of evolution into the High School core curriculum, according to a report on NRG.

From Rabbi Amnon Bazak of Yeshiva Har Etzion to Rabbi Yuval Sherlo of Yeshivat Amit, and even Rabbi Shlomo Aviner of Ateret Cohanim, the rabbis are not expressing concern over teaching the theory of evolution in state religious schools, and some are even saying it is a good thing.

Rabbi Bazak said it is important that students learn how to deal seriously with questions of religion and science, and in particular, evolution. Rabbi Bazak said that ignoring evolution in the religious education system creates the impression that it’s better to ignore or reject as nonsense any threatening concept.

Rabbi Sherlo said, instead of seeing Israeli children lose their religion, we can use this to teach them to own their faith, and for us to grow students who believe, and have their eyes open and filled with knowledge.

The rabbi added that new scientific theories excite him, and it offers the student the opportunity for a deeper reading of Creation as well as to understand that the Torah and science are speaking in two different languages, and there can be no contradiction between the two.

Rabbi Aviner said, the question isn’t whether man evolved from animals, but rather if we still meet the animal in the person in the real world.

Rabbi Aviner added, the story of Creation is not literal, but rather a hint, a secret. And Rav Kook did not see a contradiction between evolution and the Torah.

Evolution is still a scientific theory, he pointed out, and new facts or hypothesis could one day replace it. Rabbi Aviner hopes Israel does not see its own version of the Skopes Monkey Trials.

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15 Responses to “Religious-Zionist Rabbis Welcome Evolution into School Curriculum”

  1. G-d did not make us from animals , isn’t it a sin to sleep with animals? So what makes anyone think he would make us out of an animal ?

  2. How can evolution help add more depth and understanding when the theory is we descended from primates? It leaves the creator out of the mix and does not give credit where it’s due.

  3. Violet Helms says:

    Man is separate as far as intelligence, it is simply the body that is made of the same material as the animals. We are not “descended from monkeys”, yet we share commonality in our make up.Adonai made the material with which He made all living. He then stepped back and allowed it to develop. This should not threaten anyones faith.

  4. please, dont be ignorant….of course we came from animals, we are the best of the apes….or you believe there was a snake talking and walking? is this more credible? or that your beloved god drowned all the world because god was angry? creationism is pure bull ****

  5. Read the article, it does not leave the creator out of anything. It is not a theory, it is scientific fact.

  6. we did not needed it the last hundrets / thousands of years
    so – why now?

  7. Judith Dowla says:

    One way to look at it. Create a frenzy to really get into the Torah for many!

  8. Judith Dowla says:

    Richard, they may need to find that out for themselves. We have Jews via ancestry and ones just getting to know all one could know about being a Jew which can take a life time.

  9. Judith Dowla says:

    Israel, some people just need to find that out for themselves.

  10. Dawn Yonah says:

    Darwinian evolution is not science – it's man's feeble attempt to explain creation without G-d. I beg to differ with Rabbi Aviner – The question IS, "Did man evolve from animals?" because if you believe he did, you can't believe in HaShem. Students should know about the THEORY of evolution so they understand its absurdities! The curriculum: Bring back in print Josh Greenberger's, "Human Intelligence Gone Ape."

  11. Thomas Gray says:

    Charles Darwin was not a Christian. Read his letters that his son Francis collected. He described himself as confused and as an agnostic. He specifically said that he did not believe that there had ever been any divine revelation. It is nonsense to say that Abraham existed but that Adam did not exist. Philosophical theologians can wrap their heads around that nonsensical concept, but ordinary people cannot. As a result, if ordinary school students are taught, and believe, the lies of evolutionism, then they WILL reject the Torah. You can count on it.

  12. Paulette Chretien says:

    People do not realize that when they say they believe in Darwin's theories, they area also saying they are a racists who believes that the more melanin you have the closer to apes you are. They are also saying they believe in slavery and dehumanizing others for gain. But they will deny it until you tell the the REAL title of Darwin's book: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” If you are a follower of Darwin, you are a racist who condones murder and slavery. There is no other choice.

  13. Thomas Gray says:

    Paulette Chretien If we evolved from lower animals, it is an inescapable inference that some men are probably more evolved than other men.

  14. So….what are you all commenters say, that God created the man and then took a rib from him to create the woman??? Why do you feel so threatened by the belief of the evolution theory? Just because the creationism belief existed for so long doesn't mean it's THE right theory! So slavery and syphilis and gonorrhea existed for ever!!!

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