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My Abandoned Quest to Integrate Orthodoxy and Biblical Criticism

When I encountered TheTorah.com, I experienced a moment of déjà vu. In the early 1970s, I majored in Bible at Yeshiva University and spent my junior year abroad in Jerusalem studying with Hebrew University Bible professors. My goal was to grapple with questions of Pentateuchal criticism in a way that would be meaningful and beneficial for an Orthodox Jew. But then I dropped it. Here is my story.

Dr. Rabbi

Natan Ophir (Offenbacher)

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A Journey Through Previous Paradigm Shifts

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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“Torah Is from Heaven!” What Do We Really Mean?

Statements that express our feelings are often confused with factual assertions.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Six Criteria that Inform a True Torah

Dr. Rabbi

Marc D. Angel

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Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz: Torah from Sinai as a Normative Statement

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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The Intertwined Tree of Torah and Wisdom

Prof. Rabbi

Jonathan Magonet

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Two Theories of Truth: Correspondence and Pragmatic

Prof. Rabbi

Lawrence A. Hoffman

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A Stronger Faith Encourages a Loftier and Deeper Truth

Dr. Rabbi

Yehuda Brandes

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Why the Torah Prohibits Incest

Although incest taboos are found in the majority of cultures, medieval Jewish thinkers found this to be an insufficient explanation for the Torah’s prohibitions. 

Prof. Rabbi

Marty Lockshin

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Empirical Truth vs. Religious Truth

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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Before the Beginning: Between Ancient and Modern Cosmology

Prof.

Ziony Zevit

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Truth Must Be Ascertainable

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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In Search of the Soul: Between Torah and Science

A pediatric neurologist searches for the soul through the lens of current neuroscience.

Dr.

Joel Yehudah Rutman

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Treating Torah with More Veneration than Secular “Truths”

Prof. Rabbi

Marty Lockshin

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Torah Min HaShamayim: Conflicts Between Religious Belief and Scientific Thinking

Dr.

Daniel Jackson

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Affirming the Torah as Authoritative and Authentic

Prof.

Adele Berlin

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How Did Abraham Discover God? The Experiential Approach

The midrashic Parable of the Illuminated Palace concerns Abraham and the existence of God. In Part 1, we looked at Maimonides rationalistic, Aristotelian approach. Alternative interpretations focus on the idea of an experiential, living relationship with God.

Dr. Rabbi

Seth (Avi) Kadish

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The Problem of Relativism and Rav Kook's Concept of "Perfectible Perfection"

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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How Did Abraham Discover God? The Rationalistic Approach

The midrashic Parable of the Illuminated Palace centers on Abraham and the existence of God. Maimonides’ interpretation of the parable envisions an Aristotelian Abraham for whom God is a scientific fact.

Dr. Rabbi

Seth (Avi) Kadish

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Maternal Impressions: From Sheep to Humans

Jacob’s ancient scientific trick.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Orthodox Solutions Thus Far

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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My Encounter with the Firmament

The Torah describes God’s fashioning the firmament (רקיע) on the second day of creation. This piece of the universe, however, doesn’t actually exist—a problem obfuscated in my yeshiva education.

Oren Fass M.D.

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