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.
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.”
Recommended Reading: Ten Questions on Evolution and Judaism