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פורום ניצוצות

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.

Nitzotzot group members
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

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

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

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