The Jewish view of consciousness is not of homeostasis but of dynamism, conflict and change. Each moment we choose whether to be selfish or kind, impulsive or reflective.
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.
Our souls develop within a web of relationships and it is through our experiences and actions that we evolve into who we are and how we think.
What was that darkness? A black hole? What was that light? Electromagnetic energy? Radiation?
At the Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School, joined Michael Graziano, PhD, to explore the topic “How Do You Think? A Jewish & Scientific Exploration of Consciousness.”
Memory, whether personal or collective, seems to be a central feature of Jewish practice.
In Psalm 145, God, the “God of Worlds,” named all the stars. Does the plural use of “worlds” imply other worlds where life exists?
Some truths are true because they are the stories that shape our perspective on the world. Torah is the inspiration for, and the vessel that holds, this Truth.
Just as we have learned that solid and liquid can be two states of the same matter, the sureties of our world are not what they seem.
We may associate the Jewish New Year with inward reflection, but the Mishnah and the commentaries are clear that Judaism treats teshuvah as a fundamentally social process.
What leads Jewish law to adapt to new scientific discoveries, and what causes it to remain steadfast?