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Evolution of Judaic Attitudes to Modern Science

Traditionally, Judaic thinkers considered science as an indispensable tool for understanding Torah and the world, which, in their view, it embodied. It is only in the last two centuries and only in certain Jewish communities in Europe and North America that Judaic thinkers began to take a more cautious attitude to scientific activity. Jews have […]

27 May 2009

Torn apart between Jewish values and support for Israel

Published on May 27 in ON LINE  opinion  – Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate Torn apart between Jewish values and support for Israel By Yakov Rabkin Parents know how hard it is to tell their children untruths or half-truths. We do so when we are morally torn, ethically embarrassed or intellectually inconsistent. […]

Fall 2008

Darwin and the Jews

Published in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Volume 27, Number 1, Fall 2008, pp. 104-106 Darwin and the Jews Geoffrey Cantor and Marc Swetlitz, eds., Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism, Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2006, xii+260 pp. This book is a collection of papers written by scholars […]


American Jews in the Physical Sciences, 2008

Published in the Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- Clio, 2008, vol. 2, pp. 739-742. AMERICAN JEWS AND THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES The issue of Jews in any creative occupation—science, art, or literature—constitutes a controversy in itself. If science were seen as an objective and impersonal reflection of physical reality this article would […]


Another Sikorsky: inconvenient pages of the history of psychiatry

Published in Isis, 96, 2005,  pp. 667–668. Вадим Менжулин (Vadim Menzhulin), Другой Сикорский; неудобные страницы истории психиатрии (Another Sikorsky: inconvenient pages of the history of psychiatry), Kiev, Sfera, 2004, 490 pages, bibliography, name index. Most people, including historians of science, would associate the name of Sikorsky with helicopters. Indeed, they would not be quite wrong. […]


Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism

Published in Isis: International Journal for the History of Science 94 (2003), pp. 117-118. Freudenthal, Gad (Editor). Aleph: Historical Studies in Science & Judaism, No. I. 351 pp., tables. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001. (Paper.) Studies of Jews in science have often provoked adverse reactions. The idea of distinguishing between Jewish and non-Jewish […]

mai 2002

Judaïsme et islam face à la science moderne

Publié dans Possibles 26, 3, mai 2002, pp. 83-94. Judaïsme et islam face à la science moderne Par Yakov Rabkin, Benoit Malouf et Chantal Labelle. “No two religions among all the religions of the world, concurring on so much, have better prospects of mutual understanding and conciliation than Islam and Judaism.” Jacob Neusner et al., […]



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