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Science For Rabbis-To-Be

In 2011, while serving at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Rabbi Geoff Mitelman took part in a “public conversation” with a Jewish evolutionary psychologist, a self-declared atheist. The discussion’s purpose was to show the common elements that science and religion share.

Expanding educational program by local rabbi shares theme of book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Could Big Science Produce A Kosher Cheeseburger?

Kashrut experts, environmental/animal-rights activists ponder Jewish impact of the ‘test-tube burger.’
08/12/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For kosher carnivores, news of the world’s first “test-tube burger” prompted daydreams of forbidden fare. Think sizzling strips of kosher bacon grown from the cells of a pig, or a kosher, all-beef slider topped with melted cheese.

Maybe kosher, maybe treif: Halachic status of meat grown from a cow’s stem cells still unclear. Photo via

Can Science And Religion Just Get Along?

Britain’s provocative chief rabbi makes a case for a ‘partnership’between the empirical and the spiritual.
12/10/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A figure of great stature, and sometimes the center of controversy in England, where he has served as chief rabbi and the public face of British Jewry for two decades, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is certain to add to both his stature and the controversy that surrounds him with the publication of his newest book.

Starting with his first words.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of England, finds space for both religion and science.

Yair Saperstein, Instilling a passion for science in Washington Heights.

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Yair Saperstein, 21

Yair Saperstein has been a science guy for a long time (witness the permanently singed hair on the back of his hand from an elementary-school science “‘magic show” that went amiss).

Yair Saperstein

Just Thinking About Driving on Shabbat

Previously on the "Jewish Techs" blog, I discussed the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

Will rabbis allow a vehicle controlled by the mind to be used on the Jewish Sabbath?

The Greening of Wuhan

Israeli architects create new design combining housing and greenhouses in densely populated city in central China.
08/07/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Talk about “green” architecture.

An apartment building in which tenants’ apartments encircle greenhouses that occupy the center of the structure was the winning design from two Israeli architects in an international design competition.

New Suture Advance From the Technion

11/13/2008 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Scientists and researchers in universities across Israel have uncovered new advances in medicine and technology that will likely advance Israel’s position as a worldwide leader in scientific innovations.

One innovation is the use of a suture that helps reduce scarring and inflammation.

Israeli Scientists Chasing High-Tech Breakthroughs

09/25/2008 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Israeli scientists in universities across the country have been forging ahead in recent months with new innovations in medicine and technology that could lead to breakthroughs.

Professor Shimon Efrat of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, along with graduate students Holger Russ and Yael Bar, have developed a way to cultivate healthy human beta cells in the laboratory and implant them into diabetes patients. They are now working to convince the body to accept these cells — a move that could pave the way to a new and simpler form of diabetes treatment.

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