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Thought for the week – my love of science and religion.

Wednesday, June 2

I have often been asked when discussing my work (I am a research Scientist), how can I believe in God and at the same time support my passion for all things scientific.

My answer, easy. How can I believe in the teachings of the Torah and believe in evolution and the long journey we have undergone to reach this moment in time? Easy. What about miraculous unexplainable occurrences we read about most Shabbats. Does the timeline we believe in marry up with the billions of years it has taken the earth to form? Well, yes. No one really believes rationally that human kind in its developed form is only five and a half thousand years old, and these things can be proved scientifically.  We must try to distinguish between our understanding and knowledge now compared to the beginning of civilisation, and how this affects our lives.

So, how can I believe in miracles, such as the parting of the Red (Reed) Sea, the 10 plagues and a myriad of other impossible occurrences? Finding out more about these phenomenon’s through science is something I do from time to time. Talking of miracles, science is full of them. From the structure and purpose of DNA to man’s exploration of space, and soon some might say, of time. Everything is impossible until proved otherwise, which sometimes surrounds the skepticism of believing in a power greater than our own. That there is nothing above us only sky, to paraphrase John Lennon, seems naive and short sighted and lacks imagination, and without imagination, scientists throughout the ages, would not have uncovered the many wonders of this world and beyond, and many of my scientific colleagues have a similar view.

Whilst talking about what seemed impossible or at least unlikely, join us next Thursday to hear from Rabbi Gilad Kariv – Israel’s first Reform Rabbi to become a member of the Knesset.

Shabbat Shalom

Joel Abrahams

June 2, 2021