Gaining an appreciation of the forest “kahal” was, for many of us, our entry point into thinking about the mystery of the natural world in a new way.
Each of the congregations selected by Scientists in Synagogues agreed to create content such as blogposts, videos, and other resources surrounding Judaism and science. The topics they explore range from the neuroscience of free will to astrobiology to technology, and so here you will find all the content resources that have arisen out of this initiative.
Envisioning both aspects of the world invites us to regard it in two directions, not only “downward” toward mechanistic explanation, but also “upward” toward our finest aspirations.
Can knowing so much sometimes do more harm than good?
Is illness morally evil, or is it the morally neutral result of organisms like viruses and bacteria and cancer cells all doing their best to survive and replicate, just as they were created to do?
Can an alternative to textual study offer us deeper levels of meaning?
As we begin this new year, there are millions like Hagar and Ishmael wandering their personal wildernesses in search of survival and needing aid. We learn from the Torah not to expect divine intervention to rescue them. We need to act ourselves, as did Hagar.
Not only has science advanced by leaps and bounds since we were in college in the 70’s, but some of the things we learned as scientific “fact” are no longer “facts” at all.
When time proves to be dizzyingly complex, we can find firm footing in the grounded truth and quiet expanse of Shabbat.
How do we navigate between reason and optimism as they crash against each other?
My God is that ineffable being or essence that must suffuse our world and make it just so – make it a world that continues to fill me with awe.