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Evolution to be Added to Israel’s Core Curriculum

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In Israel, grades 8 and 9 will begin learning about the theory of evolution starting next year, according to a YNet report.

The theory, which will be taught as part of the general science curriculum, will also be taught in state-religious schools.

As it is in many places, the decision is controversial, though in Israel, there are many religious, Jewish scientists who have no problem reconciling religion and science.

We recommend reading some of the books by Professor Gerald Schroeder on the subject, and of course Rabbi Natan Slifkin’s The Challenge Of Creation.

Speaking of which, it reminds me of a story…

A famous biologist was sitting next to a famous Rabbi and his grandchild on a flight to somewhere. Throughout the flight, the very polite and quiet grandchild took care of anything his grandfather needed.

At the end of the flight the biologist told the Rabbi that he wished his grandchildren were so attentive, polite and caring to him.

The rabbi answered, “That’s the difference between you and me. My grandchild sees me as two generations closer to Moshe Rabeinu and Avraham Avinu. Your grandchild sees you as two generations closer to a monkey.”


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220 Responses to “Evolution to be Added to Israel’s Core Curriculum”

  1. Luzia Alves says:

    Funny how a mere theory is treated as scientific law. My hopes are that, by learning it, a bright good and blessed student will finally put this fallacy down.

  2. Rod Borghese says:

    Maybe it can explain the creation of mankind in Gen 1:27 then the “formation” of Adam in Gen 2:7 ….

  3. Darwin even doubted his theory. When will scientist realize the special human spirit is why humans can think and reason above animals.

  4. Evolution is one big lie.HASHEM was there and no one else.Do we know better than The Almighty? I dont think so, but a world who wants G-d dead , believes in words from stupid men who have no knowledge. You can lie to your self, lie to another but the day will come that you meet your MAKER , and what are you gonna say then.forbid this theory, it destroys the soul of every person.

  5. Nice Evolution in progress 2014 in New Generations in Israel

  6. Debra Pelley says:

    sure teach it, but remember it is a theory. not the truth, not a fact

  7. Betty Koci says:

    A famous biologist was sitting next to a famous Rabbi and his grandchild on a flight to somewhere. Throughout the flight, the very polite and quiet grandchild took care of anything his grandfather needed.
    At the end of the flight the biologist told the Rabbi that he wished his grandchildren were so attentive, polite and caring to him.
    The rabbi answered, “That’s the difference between you and me. My grandchild sees me as two generations closer to Moshe Rabeinu and Avraham Avinu. Your grandchild sees you as two generations closer to a monkey.” Your words, not mine. Why do we teach “theory’s” as science? Israel will go down the tubes with the U.S if they teach against G-d’s word.

  8. You are all insane.

  9. Equal time for the Torah?

  10. Obama’s world peace

  11. Karen Bryant says:

    God has to be pretty disgusted.

  12. Lisa Kamins says:

    to quote the article: “At the end of the flight the biologist told the Rabbi that he wished his grandchildren were so attentive, polite and caring to him.

    The rabbi answered, “That’s the difference between you and me. My grandchild sees me as two generations closer to Moshe Rabeinu and Avraham Avinu. Your grandchild sees you as two generations closer to a monkey.”

  13. HUH!!! wrong..A stupid theory. God created man in his own image. Is GOD a monkey?. I think not. You already have the very best GAY resort in Tel Aviv. Should God apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah for that? .Be careful Israel!!

  14. I hope they get to the part where Darwin said he was wrong before he died. Scientists will use anything to deny Jehovah.

  15. Mark Gregg says:

    So if this is correct; Then tell me why we still have monkeys.

  16. Sorry forgot to add all humanists working together to alter children’s minds towards satan’s way.

  17. Good for them!
    Israel should be the shining example of a secular and non-secular cooperation in the Middle East.
    Ignoring a field of science because it makes you uncomfortable is childish and an insult to the scientists who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to moving science and medicine forward.

  18. Did the “famous biologist” have a name or is this an anecdote designed to cause a kneejerk reaction?
    What was the rabbi’s name?
    What was the biologist’s field of study?
    Was it molecular biology, animal husbandry, the human genome project?
    How did the the rabbi know that the biologist was an Atheist?
    Do you know that works can mean different things?
    The word “set” has over 400 definitions.

    Willful ignorance in the 21st Century while using a machine that can link you to nearly every library on Earth is a sin.

  19. Why??? Don’t kids typically stop reading fairy tales around 1st or 2nd grade? Why introduce a new one in the 8th grade?!

  20. the·o·ry noun ˈthē-ə-rē, ˈthir-ē
    : an idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain facts or events

    : an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true

    : the general principles or ideas that relate to a particular subject


  21. Why not?
    Would you go to a doctor who’d never studied advanced biology?
    Who couldn’t run a genome sequence to see what genetic illnesses you might have and need to be treated for?

  22. So… Science exists separately from G-d will?

  23. Because monkeys are a subspecies of the modern ape and have evolved on their own.
    The question you mean to ask is:
    “Why are there still apes?”
    Because they work.
    Extinction occurs when a species is either unsuccessful or too successful.

    And, genetically, we are apes.

  24. Like make modern computers and social networks.

  25. Why?
    Because a new generation of doctors will learn about an established field of science?

  26. “Teach the controversy”?
    Sure, point out ten independently verifiable facts from the Torah.
    And city names don’t count.

  27. Creation science shall be taught not evolution science , Evolution is such a lie.

  28. Simcha Tzion says:

    For people who believe that their grandfather was an ape or soup – I have nothing to say other that mine was Avraham Avinu.

  29. You gota be kidding me Israel!

  30. You’re misunderstanding the Torah.
    We were created with G-d like attributes, not in G-d’s likeness.

    And you have very poor knowledge of Torah.
    Sodom and Amorrah were destroyed because they were “proud” and refused to help the stranger.

    Rictor Norton views classical Jewish texts as stressing the cruelty and lack of hospitality of the inhabitants of Sodom to the “stranger”. The people of Sodom were seen as guilty of many other significant sins. Rabbinic writings affirm that the Sodomites also committed economic crimes, blasphemy and bloodshed. One of the worst was to give money or even gold ingots to beggars, after inscribing their names on them, and then subsequently refusing to sell them food. The unfortunate stranger would end up starving and after his death, the people who gave him the money would reclaim it.

    A rabbinic tradition, described in the Mishnah, postulates that the sin of Sodom was related to property: Sodomites believed that “what is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine” (Abot), which is interpreted as a lack of compassion. Another rabbinic tradition is that these two wealthy cities treated visitors in a sadistic fashion. One major crime done to strangers was almost identical to that of Procrustes in Greek mythology. This would be the story of the “bed” that guests to Sodom were forced to sleep in: if they were too short they were stretched to fit it, and if they were too tall, they were cut up (indeed, in Hebrew and Yiddish, the corresponding term for a Procrustean bed is a “Sodom bed”).

    In another incident, Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, went to visit Lot in Sodom and got in a dispute with a Sodomite over a beggar, and was hit in the forehead with a stone, making him bleed. The Sodomite demanded Eliezer pay him for the service of bloodletting, and a Sodomite judge sided with the Sodomite. Eliezer then struck the judge in the forehead with a stone and asked the judge to pay the Sodomite.

    The Talmud and the Sefer haYashar (midrash) also recount two incidents of a young girl (one involved Lot’s daughter Paltith) who gave some bread to a poor man who had entered the city. When the townspeople discovered their acts of kindness, they burned Paltith and smeared the other girl’s body with honey and hung her from the city wall until she was eaten by bees. (Sanhedrin 109a.) It is this gruesome event, and her scream in particular, the Talmud concludes, that are alluded to in the verse that heralds the city’s destruction: “So[36] said, ‘Because the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah has become great, and because their sin has been very grave, I will descend and see…’”[Gen 18:20-21]

    A modern orthodox position is one that holds, “The paradigmatic instance of such aberrant behavior is found in the demand of the men of Sodom to ‘know’ the men visiting Lot, the nephew of Abraham, thus lending their name to the practice of ‘sodomy’.”

    The scholar and activist Jay Michaelson proposes a reading of the story of Sodom that emphasizes the violation of hospitality as well as the violence of the Sodomites. “Homosexual rape is the way in which they violate hospitality—not the essence of their transgression. Reading the story of Sodom as being about homosexuality is like reading the story of an ax murderer as being about an ax.” Michaelson places the story of Sodom in context with other Genesis stories regarding Abraham’s hospitality to strangers, and argues that when other texts in the Hebrew Bible mention Sodom, they do so without commentary on homosexuality. The verses cited by Michaelson include Jeremiah 23:14,[Jeremiah 23:14] where the sins of Jerusalem are compared to Sodom and are listed as adultery, lying, and strengthening the hands of evildoers; Amos 4:1-11 (oppressing the poor and crushing the needy);[Amos 4:1-11] and Ezekiel 16:49-50,[Ezekiel 16:49-50] which defines the sins of Sodom as “pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and did toevah before me, and I took them away as I saw fit.” Michaelson uses toevah in place of abomination to emphasize the original Hebrew, which he explains as being more correctly translated as “taboo”


  31. I am shocked to read that they aren’t already teaching evolution.

  32. Uzi Kattan says:

    Teaching evolution is another way of denying the Creator. That was Darwin's intent when he came up with that false theory. This is part of the progressive agenda to deny G-d's existence although mist of the people who believe in evolution act like apes.

  33. Oh Boy ! made up story about how we got here from a man who was on drugs ! wow how crazy can you get !

  34. Run Guo says:

    Nations of the world might not know, BUT Israel, G.D chosen and brought up, G.D made you a super country despite all the impossibilities. Preserve you till this day. How dare some of you spat on your G.D like this. Curse will be on all Israel unless this act of rebellion is allowed to fruition.

    Book of Isaiah 1. 2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

    please stop this evil. Extreme harsh penalty must apply to people who planed and did this, to turn away an angry Almighty creator.

  35. Ok, let us see if Archie R. Spires can be such a naysayer and so quick to try to silence everyone when I say this right here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (BTW, I am a very Bible-literate gentile, Protestant, Christian man) OK, so evolution is a solid theory or fact, you say?!?!?! And unless I am misinterpreting the theory, or misquoting some of it’s proposals or tenets, then the evolution theory suggests that over BILLIONS OF YEARS incremental changes took place to animals respiratory systems, nervous systems, muscular systems, skeletal systems causing them to “evolve into new species. Evolution states that over billions of years, single cells became fish, fish became lizards, or birds, lizards became dogs, dogs became monkeys or apes, and monkeys or apes became humans! Ok, well if all of this took billions and billions of years to occur, then why can researchers ONLY come up with good skeletons and good fossils from fish, dogs, cats, lizards, birds, and apes; but hey cannot produce one singular lizard-dog, or dog-monkey, or fish-bird skeleton!?!?!??! What happened to all of those skeletons?!?!?!! ARCHIE?!?!?!?!?

  36. Run Guo says:

    Sorry typing error. I meant to say" Curse will be on all Israel IF this act of rebellion is allowed to fruition. "

  37. Lize Bartsch says:

    What a shame since the theory of evolution was invented by atheists who hate the Word of G-d which is the truth. G-d created and designed all life and created it perfect from the beginning. All specialized mechanisms are copied by humans from nature to make airplanes, ships, robots, etc but the humans want all the glory for intelligent design!!!??? The DNA also is a written code which is extremely complex and each body had to have billions of specialized cells in place for it to be able to survive. The reason why mankind hate creation is because they want to live according to their lusts and not need to give account of their life at the end of it and be judged by ‘n righteous, holy G-d. Humanism = man wanting to replace G-d

  38. Lize Bartsch says:

    You might be one, don’t count me in

  39. Lize Bartsch says:

    The theory of evolution has not contributed one iota to Technology because they study the already perfect creation of G-d and copy it.

  40. Teesha Allen says:

    id like to ask all you who believe humans were made in gods image… what particular image is that? i thought we could never look upon the lord as our eyes and body could not wisthstand it… so how are we made in his image??? perhaps it is within the iris of our eyes that reflect the galxies of our universe? maybe its the way our bodies function so perfectly on autopilot? how is it possible to be made in his image????

  41. Mine was Archie Spires.
    He had seven children, owned his house, never missed a day of work, danced with his wife, could work with any tool, and if he didn’t know the answer to something, he’d help you find it.
    He was also a lifelong Atheist.

    He taught me it isn’t what you believe, but how you behave that matters.

    As for my forebears a billion years ago…
    That’s a different story all together.
    -Asher ben’Daniel/Archie R Spires

  42. Lize Bartsch says:

    Even if you have a whole heap of rubber, metal, glass, paint, etc how many billions of years do you have to wait for it to become a Ford Ranger? haha, nothing orders itself into specialized working machines without intelligence!!

  43. Actually, I still read “fairy tales” and I’m well into my 30s.
    It’s called fiction.
    Now, if you’re referring to the independently studied and proven Modern Theory of Evolution…
    Do a little research and get back to me.

  44. Like the Theory of Gravity!
    I’ve never seen it and I certainly don’t understand the math behind so it must be a lie!

  45. Lize Bartsch says:

    We had better doctors before the dumb theory of evolution, in South Africa they have just credited 20 witch doctors with degrees of doctorate!!!

  46. Also, I would just like to defend myself before I am even attacked since I threw my religion and Bible literacy out there. I would like to back up that statement with proof. Most Christians are unable to even point out in an argument where the Bible says anything negative about, for example, homosexuality outside of Leviticus much less explain Biblically why the Bible DOES NOT SAY THAT THE EARTH IS ONLY 6000-10,000 YEARS OLD! most Christians are so Biblically illiterate that they just think that if you want to believe the Bible that means you must also believe the Earth is around 7,000 years old or so. Sorry to use this word, but that is retarded! Anyone with any knowledge of the Bible knows that in Genesis right after 1:1 “In the Beginning” that Lucifer is already a beguiling serpent crawling around on his belly as a punishment. This is supposedly “In the Beginning”! Later on, in the major prophets, they mention how perfect of an angel made of the full pattern Lucifer was before he rebelled and fell. THIS ALL TOOK PLACE BEFORE ADAM WAS PLACED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN! THIS WAS THE FIRST HEAVEN AND EARTH AGE WHICH INCLUDED DINOSAURS (BUT THERE IS NO EVOLUTION AND DINOSAURS AND MAN WERE NOT ON EARTH SIMULTANEOUSLY) AND COULD HAVE BEEN AND PROBABLY WAS BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF YEARS! THEN IN GENESIS, LUCIFER IS ALREADY FALLEN WITH A THIRD OF THE ANGELS AND ALREADY BAD AND BEGUILING AND DECEIVING BECAUSE THIS IS THE SECOND HEAVEN AND EARTH AGE, AND WHEN THIS EARTH IS BURNED UP AND RENEWED; THAT WILL BE THE THIRD HEAVEN AND EARTH AGE! But hey, I did just make a good point that most pro-Torah or pro-Bible, anti-evolution don’t and can’t make because they actually do believe and do argue that Earth is only 6000-10000 years old when the Bible CLEARLY IN PLAIN ENGLISH STATES THIS IS NOT TRUE! ARCHIE!?!??!?!?!

  47. And why don’t they offer Astrology anymore?

  48. Roger Fox says:

    Didn't think Israel would ever do this!

  49. Lize Bartsch says:

    You can study blood, tissue, skin, disease, viruses etc without evolution, it has contributed nothing to real science.

  50. What did ha-Satan do?
    Unless you’re confounding the angel ha-Satan with the serpent in Gan’Eden, which is a very common mistake.
    Don’t feel bad, a lot of people think they’re the same.

  51. Lize Bartsch says:

    One human brain is more complex than all the networks in the world put together. One plant cell is more complex than an entire city, humans got all their creative ideas from G-d’s creation

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