Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cosmic Judaism: Science and Judaism as Candles in the Dark

By Rabbi Barry Silver
The “Covenant Eternal: Circumcision” (c. 1967) painting, part of the “Aliyah” series by Salvador Dalí. Photo: TIJS at Emory University.
Beginning with Abraham, Jews have always asked questions, and modern Jews even question the Biblical account of Abraham, but for the sake of argument, let's take it at face value. According to the Torah, when God told Abraham that he would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham challenged God's decree asking "How could the master of justice not act justly?" When Abraham failed to meet the quota, these depraved cities were destroyed, but God felt it was the thought that counts, and rewarded Abraham's chutzpah in challenging God by making him the first Jew and giving him the "privilege" of circumcising himself and his sons. [link]

The foregoing is an introduction to a forthcoming book by Rabbi Barry Silver called "Cosmic Judaism: Science and Judaism as Candles in the Dark."