Can We “See” God? Vision and Religion

Can We “See” God? Vision and Religion

Human existence is overwhelmingly driven by our sense of vision. What we see with our eyes is a primary driver of our relationship with nature and God, but our eyes also frequently deceive us, reflecting biases from what our brains have learned and sometimes distracting us by leading us toward the most visually appealing or stimulating objects. Thus, this natural gift must be treated with some skepticism and critical distance as well. On the other hand, recent medical advances in our ability to maintain and restore individuals’ eyesight have inspired a different kind of awe – one aimed at our human ingenuity.

Dr. Rosalie Reszelbach, OD, Ph.D graduated from Barnard College with a Biology major. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Reszelbach then did research at the National Institute of Health for three years, as well as research at the University of Farmington in the Biochemistry department for five years. Her OD is from the New England College of Optometry, and she practiced optometry for 32 years in West Roxbury, MA.

Dr. Darren Orbach, MD, Ph.D is a neuro-interventional radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and is a leader of the hospital’s Cerebrovascular Surgical and Interventions Center. Dr. Orbach completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University, his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College, and his residency and fellowship at NYU Medical Center.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. This event was hosted at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Brookline, MA on May 11, 2024.)

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