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What is Nitzotzot forum?

Bar-Ilan University is a unique project, a religious university striving towards academic excellence coupled with Jewish Identity. With Bar-Ilan as a home, the Nitzotzot program comes to embody the mandate of the university at large – using cutting edge scientific research in collaboration with Torah learning in order to expand and reconfigure our understanding of their symbiotic relationship.

It is from this foundation that the idea for Nitzotzot was born - the desire to join worlds together, worlds which to some seem remote from one another. Tochnit Nitzotzot (the “Nitzotzot program”) brings together scientists and Torah scholars, each without previous background in the other's field. The scientist presents his new findings, and the Torah scholar defines the challenge which is posed by the scientific discovery. In this way, each confronts new phenomena in the spirit of the rabbinic dictum, "there is no Torah study that does not reveal new insights” and are exposed to profound Torah concepts which can inform their findings and provide ongoing stimulation.

Science and Faith: Two Communities, Striving for Harmony

Dr. James Tour, professor of chemistry, nanoengineering, and computer science at Rice University, speaks passionately about the conflicting world views facing the religious and scientific communities. As a believer in the Bible and a devout scientist, he believes the distrust between these communities has been fueled by both misunderstanding and hostile dogmatisms. Using examples such as evolution, creationism and origin of life, Dr. Tour reprimands the scientific community for making claims far beyond the actual accomplishments of scientific experimentation and theory. He reminds us that blind dogmatism plagues all worldviews, and that self-critique of the scientific community is essential to reengaging those it has unwittingly disenfranchised.

Upcoming Conference: "One-Language: Sacred Text, Many Views"

29 Tammuz – 6 Av 5778/ 12-18 July 2018

In order to register for conference activities, please be in touch with Ilana
at the office of ‘The Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
Admission is free for all. Advanced registration required.

Tel. 03-531-8479


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Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber

President of Bar-Ilan University’s Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies. Professor Emeritus of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University

President of Bar-Ilan University’s Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies Professor Emeritus of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University

Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport

Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport

Head of Beit Midrash

Head of the Beit Midrash, Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies Founder and Chair of the Nitzotzot Program

Dr Israel Belfer

Dr Israel Belfer

Nitzotzot Academic Coordinator, Science Technology and Society Program, BIU

Nitzotzot Program Academic Coordinator Lecturer: Science, Technology and Society Program Bar-Ilan University

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