85 posts categorized "Torah & Science"

March 31, 2014: England Will Not Allow Haredi Schools To Censor Out Test Questions On Evolution
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
Great Britain’s school testing overseer has ruled that schools – even haredi yeshivas – will not be allowed to screen out exam questions which contradict their religious beliefs. Rabbi Avrohom Pinter of the Yesody HaTorah girls school, London England Will...

February 15, 2014: Does It Matter That The Torah Told Stories That Are Apparently Not True?
Comments: 83 | Categories: History , Israel , Torah & Science
"Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph, and Jacob. But archaeologists have shown that camels were not domesticated in the Land of Israel until centuries after the Age of the Patriarchs (2000-1500 BCE). In...

February 5, 2014: Video: Creationism v. Science, The Debate
Comments: 17 | Categories: Science , Torah & Science
Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") debates creationist Ken Ham (founder of the Creation Museum). If you believe your rabbis and want to continue believing them, don't watch this video. This is a video made of the complete live stream of...

January 25, 2014: Ancient Tablet Says ‘Noah’s Ark’ Was Round
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Torah & Science
The tablet’s ark is a huge circular coracle or round boat, 38,750 square feet in dimension and was supposed to be made “like a giant rope basket strengthened with wooden ribs, and waterproofed with bitumen inside and out” – a...

December 29, 2013: Haredi Museum Will To Close Due To Lack Of Funds, Rabbi-Owner Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , History , Torah & Science
Borough Park’s Torah Animal World museum, which claims to have a stuffed version of every animal mentioned in the Torah – except one – is closing due to financial problems. Haredi Museum Will To Close Due To Lack Of Funds,...

October 14, 2013: Another Nobel Prize To Jews Due To The Merit Of Torah Study, Zionist Orthodox Nobel Prize Winner Mistakenly Claims
Comments: 7 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Religion , Torah & Science
“Torah study is an intellectual pursuit and honoring this ultimate value transfers to other pursuits as well. King Chizkiyahu and the Jewish People were saved from Sanchariv only because of limud Torah. Jewish homes are full of seforim while other...

October 8, 2013: Your Female Ancestors Were Almost Certainly Non-Jews, New Study Finds
Comments: 29 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
“Thus the great majority of Ashkenazi maternal lineages were not brought from the Levant, as commonly supposed,” Dr. Richards and colleagues conclude in their paper. Overall, at least 80 percent of Ashkenazi maternal ancestry comes from women indigenous to Europe,...

September 17, 2013: The Jewish Genome Challenge
Comments: 11 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
Controversial geneticist Eran Elhaik has challenged other scientists to a "Jewish Genome Challenge" meant to show that claims made by these other scientists of identifiable Jewish genetic ancestry stretching back to early biblical times are false. Eran Elhaik, Ph.D. writes:...

May 7, 2013: Did YU's Harry Ostrer Cook The Genetic Books To Support False Findings Of Ashkenazi Jews Origins?
Comments: 95 | Categories: History , MO & Chardal , Science , Torah & Science
An Israeli researcher alleges that a Yeshiva University professor manipulated data to reach the “false” conclusion that Ashkenazi Jews have a predominantly Middle Eastern genetic origin when in fact their genetic signature is predominantly from the Caucus region of northeast...

March 5, 2013: Religious Schools Cannot Fire Single Teachers Who Are Pregnant Through In Vitro Fertilization, Israeli Labor Court Rules
Comments: 6 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Torah & Science , Women & Judaism
“When the values of the defendant and its desire to preserve these values are pitted against a teacher who is not committing an act of protest but simply wants to realize her right to parenthood, the desire of the teacher...

February 25, 2013: When A Rebbe Banned Modern Medicine, Science, Secular Education And Zionism
Comments: 77 | Categories: Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad Anti-Zionism , Haredim , History , Religion , Torah & Science
The pre-WW2 Munkatcher Rebbe vehemently opposed any secular education for Jews. He also opposed modern medicine and science and, along with the fifth and sixth Lubavticher Rebbes and the Stamar Rebbe, were the leading anti-Zionists of their era. (Lubavitch, Muncatch...

January 17, 2013: New Genetic Study Reportedly Proves Khazar Ancestry For Ashkenazi Jews
Comments: 73 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
Ashkenazi Jews are a mix of genetic ancestries, far more of which than previously thought originating in tribes from the Caucasus – a region that sits in between Eastern Europe and Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas. Those...

December 30, 2012: New Study Shows YU Researcher, Others Appear To Have Cooked The Genetic Books To ‘Prove' Middle Eastern Origin Of The Jewish People When One May Not Really Exist
Comments: 153 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
"The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. We are talking here about groups that are very heterogeneous and which are connected solely by religion…[the] genome of European Jews is a mosaic...

August 21, 2012: Haredi Mayor To Block Non-Haredi Visits To Archaeological Site In Bid To Prevent Haredim From Hearing “False Opinions”
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Torah & Science
Modi'in Ilit's Mayor Yaakov Gutterman told the haredi newspaper Yated Ne’eman last week that the site, which is believed to be an agricultural village from the Second Temple period, "will operate according to the doctrines of our forefathers, according to...

May 30, 2012: Haredim Following Medieval Islam Into The Abyss
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Torah & Science , Web/Tech
700 years ago, Islam was a dominant global force. It had conquered parts of Europe. It had scientific knowledge more advanced than Europe and a literacy rate that was higher than Europe. But then something changed. What was it, what...

May 29, 2012: Haredim Allegedly Destroy 1,600 Year Old Synagogue Mosaic Floor
Comments: 72 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Torah & Science
Vandals seriously damaged a rare 1,600-year-old synagogue mosaic floor in Tiberias, smashing parts to rubble and scrawling graffiti, Israel Antiquities Authority officials said tody. Experts suspect extremist haredim who object, sometimes violently, to excavations they claim involve ancient grave sites...

May 7, 2012: Zimbabwe's Black Jews
Comments: 16 | Categories: History , Torah & Science
DNA evidence has proven that parts of the Lemba tribe came from the Middle East to Zimbabwe thousands of years ago, where some members still observe Jewish traditions. They are Jews by genes and culture – but they are still...

November 2, 2011: Rabbi Natan Slifkin: The Making Of Post-Haredism
Comments: 139 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Torah & Science
"Seven years ago, three of my books were banned by three dozen leading rabbis from the haredi rabbinic establishment in Israel and the US. This was due to my Maimonidean approach to resolving conflicts between Torah and science – that...

October 11, 2011: Haredim Should Study Science, Renegade Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Torah & Science
Generations upon generations proved that we can have it both ways. The greatest rabbis in history mastered the sciences as well and made a great impression on the world. There is no shortage of examples: Rabbi Levi Ben Gershon (Gersonides),...

October 10, 2011: Haredi Fringe Group Works Borough Park
Comments: 63 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Torah & Science
The haredi fringe group JPAC puts its signs in sukkas in Borough Park. The JPAC people have created at least one unwelcoming sukka in Borough Park. Note the sign that says homosexuality is worse than murder. That moronic statement is...

October 7, 2011: Haredi Fringe Group Protests In Crown Heights
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Kosher Scandal , Torah & Science
JPAC brought its homophobia and right wing politics to Crown Heights, where it protested anti-kapparot protesters with signs accusing "white liberals" of supporting the "murder of black babies". Keith writes: At the Crown Heights Kaparot protest earlier tonight, I finally...

October 3, 2011: It Only Gets Worse
Comments: 92 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Torah & Science
Fringe haredi group: "SHAME ON WHITE LIBERALS WHO OPPOSE HUMANS WHO EAT MEAT YET SUPPORT THE MURDER OF BLACK BABIES THROUGH ABORTIONS." A previous JPAC demonstration The fringe haredi group JPAC sent me the following email yesterday, all bold and...

September 27, 2011: Haredi Anti-Evolution, Anti-Gay Protesters
Comments: 59 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Outreach , Torah & Science
Haredi anti-evolution and anti-gay protesters staged another offensive demonstration on Manhattan's Upper West Side today. JPAC, a small haredi organization that specializes in idiotic and offensive demonstrations staged another one today on Manhattan's Upper West Side, angering residents, drawing police...

September 21, 2011: Anti-Evolution Haredim On 76th And Broadway
Comments: 42 | Categories: Haredim , Torah & Science
"As I was walking by west 76 st and Broadway on the upper west side of manhattan, I noticed this wacky site. Black hatted guys standing around discussing evolution with non jews telling them how its a fraud. On top...

September 20, 2011: "Haredi" Anti-Evolution "Exhibit" Opens Tomorrow On NYC's Upper West Side
Comments: 112 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Torah & Science
"Wednesday afternoon on the upper westside on Manhattan,home to New yorks largest secular Jewish community will witness a scene never seen anywhere before. Young Chareidi activists will display stuffed animals with their babys and cubs to proove evolution is a...

September 9, 2011: Haredi Torah Archaeology Conference "Shatters" "Taboo"
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Torah & Science
In the heart of ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem two weeks ago, an unwritten taboo was shattered in broad daylight: The first haredi conference on "Torah archaeology" - having been boldly advertised in the Haredi daily Hamodia, and approved by several leading rabbis...

July 17, 2011: A Post About Evolution And Religion
Comments: 129 | Categories: Religion , Science , Torah & Science
An Austrian court granted an atheist the right to declare himself a "pastafarian" who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and have his drivers license photo taken while wearing a pasta strainer on head. The story, and...

July 11, 2011: Annals of Hasidic Folly
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics , Torah & Science
The story of how a hasidic rebbe's anti-modernity animus caused the deaths of many of his followers – and of himself. From YIVO's Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe: …The maskilim [followers of the Enlightenment], who supported religious modernization and...

July 7, 2011: Orthodox Warn Australia Of Massive Earthquake If Anti-Ritual Slaughter Measures Passed
Comments: 28 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Torah & Science
Only 9 days after the Sunday Age gave front-page coverage to an ignorant and biased anti-Shechita campaign, most of the city and environs felt a 'heavenly jolt' which they claim is a forewarning of what may happen if anti-Shechita laws...

June 29, 2011: Who Wrote The Bible?
Comments: 88 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
Stunning new Israeli software, part of the sub-field of artificial intelligence, analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices...

June 24, 2011: An Ultra-Orthodox Foray Into Genetics
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Religion , Science , Sefardim , Torah & Science , Xenophobia
In the seemingly never-ending battle over who can and who can not perform conversions to Judaism the State of Israel will recognize, an Sefardic ultra-Orthodox government minister ventures to genetics to explain why ultra-Orthodox Jewish law must determine conversion issues....

May 8, 2011: Forgetting We Were Once Fish
Comments: 71 | Categories: Science , Torah & Science
It may seem strange that humans have evolved from fish, but the evidence can be found not just in fossils but also within our own bodies – especially our faces. Anatomical clues to human evolution from fish Dr Michael Mosley...

November 16, 2010: Chief Rabbis Call Day Of Fasting And Prayer For Rain
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Torah & Science
Israel’s chief rabbis are calling on the public to pray for rain, and declared this Thursday a special day of fasting and prayer to atone for the sins they believe are preventing the direly needed rainfall. Chief rabbis call for...

November 5, 2010: Despite Objections, Government Funds Torah And Science Classes
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Torah & Science
The program, funded by the Science and Technology Ministry, is drawing fire from academic quarters for not being science based. Israel funds courses on ties between Jewish law and science Program, funded by the Science and Technology Ministry, is drawing...

October 23, 2010: Letter from Colorado: Haredim Are Wrong – Science Is Relevant To Judaism
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Torah & Science
Instead of seeing challenges or modern scientific and technological advances as something that can be used for its own advantage, the haredi community tries to shut out any modern thinking. Don’t lie: Science is relevant to Judaism Instead of seeing...

October 5, 2010: We Need Morality Without God, Scientist Says
Comments: 25 | Categories: Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Science , Torah & Science
Author Sam Harris says morality can be better achieved through science than through religion, and uses the epidemic of religious child sexual abuse as an example of what goes wrong when religion, rather than science, dominates a society. The Daily...

October 5, 2010: Orthodox Scientist Fired Because Of His Remarks On Evolution And Climate Change
Comments: 110 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Torah & Science
"If textbooks state explicitly that human beings' origins are to be found with monkeys, I would want students to pursue and grapple with other opinions. There are many people who don't believe the evolutionary account is correct." Chief scientist who...

September 2, 2010: Chief Rabbi Challenges Stephen Hawking Over Origin Of The Universe
Comments: 108 | Categories: Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim , Torah & Science
Hawking says science disproves the existence of God while Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says Hawking is wrong: "Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation. The Bible simply isn't interested in how the universe came into being." Chief rabbi challenges Stephen...

August 30, 2010: Rabbi David Orlofsky Strikes Again
Comments: 52 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Torah & Science
The buffoon from Ohr Somayach says even thinking that haredi gedolim have been manipulated or simply erred is heresy. In the first clip, Rabbi Orlovsky discusses gedolim and the age of the universe. He gives Gosse's theory as an explanation...

August 25, 2010: Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky Blames Bloggers For Causing His Anti-Modern Orthodox Remarks
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Torah & Science
"When the Slifkin debacle was taking place, I was being sent on a daily basis entry after entry attacking gedolei Torah.…terrible attacks on gedolei Torah being perpetrated by the “bloggers”…These people had always existed of course, but they were usually...

August 17, 2010: Our Brains On God
Comments: 18 | Categories: Religion , Science , Torah & Science
How our brains develop concepts of God, and how our approach to the Divine shapes our brains. Too Many Gods in our Brain? By Andrew Newberg, MD, and Mark Robert Waldman Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania...

August 13, 2010: Is Religion Still Relevant? A Chabad Rabbi Answers With Deception
Comments: 73 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Religion , Torah & Science
There are some religions which offer ideas that conflict with established fact. This is dangerous and must be opposed as illegitimate. Maimonides in his “Guide for the Perplexed” (2:25) was clear that if Aristotle would have been able to prove...

August 11, 2010: Israel Museum Exhibit Befuddles Haredim
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Torah & Science
Displaying 1 million years of Holy Land history proves a novel experience. One museum employee told how a haredi couple touring the museum was confused by the discrepancies. "They asked why we dated the objects as being so old since...

June 29, 2010: Israel Nature Guides Thought To Be Hiding Facts To Appease Haredim
Comments: 66 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Science , Torah & Science
The Knesset is expected to look into the possibility that Israel Nature and Parks Authority guides at the Soreq Cave Nature Reserve are concealing the true age of the cavern's stalactites and the stalagmites so as not to offend the...

June 9, 2010: New Wider Genetic Study Shows Links Between Jews Worldwide
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
Will the new evidence put to rest a debate that has lasted more than a century? (A New York Times report on both studies is posted at bottom.) Genes link Jewish communities, take 2Alla Katsnelson • Nature.com After a genome-wide...

June 3, 2010: New Research Finds Common Genetic Link Between Jews
Comments: 72 | Categories: History , Science , Torah & Science
The latest study, published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics, shows a genetic connection among all Jews, despite widespread migrations and intermarriage with non-Jews. Tracing the Roots of Jewishness By Michael Balter • ScienceNow Who are the Jews?...

February 26, 2010: Controversy Over Evolution Erupts In Israel
Comments: 52 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Torah & Science
Orthodox Likud Party hack appointed chief scientist of the Education Ministry urges schools to teach Creationism, denies climate change. Controversy over evolution in Israel National Center For Science Education The chief scientist in Israel's ministry of education, Gavriel Avital, "sparked...

April 6, 2009: Here Comes The Sun
Comments: 78 | Categories: History , Torah & Science
But is Birkat Hahama all right? Seems not: …According to the Babylonian Talmud, the Sun was created on the fourth day of creation. Because Jewish law considers a day to span from evening to evening, the beginning of the halachic...

February 8, 2009: Residents Of 'Cursed' Building Seek Rabbis' Advice
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Torah & Science
Details: Residents of 'cursed' building seek rabbis' advice After three of their neighbors die of cancer within one year, panicked residents of apartment building in haredi Ramot neighborhood approach prominent religious leaders, who suggest gossip may have brought about evil...

January 28, 2009: Astronaut Puts Up Mezzuzah In Space
Comments: 23 | Categories: Torah & Science
Details: Klik hier om het video filmpje te bekijken Who puts up a mezuzah in space? A Jewish astronaut By Ofri Ilani, Haaretz Correspondent If Dr. Garrett Reisman did not exist, then Mel Brooks or Woody Allen would have had...

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