Jan

18 2017

CSP - Kabbalah and Science at the Dawn of Modernity

7:30PM - 8:30PM  

California State University Long Beach, Alpert JCC,
3801 E. Willow Street
Long Beach , CA 90815
(562) 985-2196

Contact Arie Katz
(949) 682-4040
akatz@occsp.org
http://www.occsp.org

Community Scholar Program (CSP) One Month Scholar, Professor David Ruderman
Kabbalah and Science at the Dawn of Modernity

 

God and Nature 
For Jews throughout their long history, nature was a critical resource for their own spirituality and faith. As the psalmist declares, “The heavens declare the greatness of God.” For centuries, Jews engaged directly in magic, astrology/astronomy and medicine. Many Jews became important physicians in the Moslem and Christian Middle Ages. When the famous medical school of Padua, Italy first opened its doors to Jewish students in the sixteenth century, Jews took full advantage of this new educational and professional opportunity. In the modern era, Jews excelled not only in medicine but in the other sciences as the disproportionate number of Jewish Nobel Prize winners easily testifies. The three presentations deal with the engagement of Jews with the natural world, exploring the paths of rabbis, philosophers, and even kabbalists inspired by the physical world in which they lived.

Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)