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  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    September 18, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • The Intriguing, Seductive and Ultimately Unsatisfying Anthropic Principle

    By Roger Price

    June 26, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Some believers in a traditional deity deny, or at least are skeptical about, certain claims of science. The issue may be the origin of the universe in a Big Bang, the age of the universe, the nature of the evolution of life on Earth or some other proposition.  In these instances,...

  • The Cosmos, Oneness and Judaism

    By Roger Price

    May 3, 2013 | 9:29 am

      The psalmist and the skeptic and the prophet and the professor look at the universe in which we find ourselves, see the same stars, feel the warmth of the same sun, hear thunder pealing from the same sky, understand the processes by which nature unfolds in spring, retreats in...

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

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  • The Greenberg hurdle

    By Roger Price

    December 16, 2012 | 8:23 am

    Irving (“Yitz”) Greenberg is an American orthodox rabbi, known for critical thinking and reaching across denominational lines.  In 1977, writing about the Shoah (the Holocaust), Greenberg argued that in the future, “no statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would...

  • In the quest for ‘the God particle,’  mystics get a new machine

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 14, 2008 | 12:22 am

    large hadron collider

    The Large Hadron Collider. Image courtesy Boston.com


    Last weekend they cooled it to 456.25 F below zero.

    Buried 300 feet beneath the border of France and Switzerland, 17 miles long, 14 years in the making, it now begins two months of tests before some 7,000 scientists from...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for July 12 - 18—Hadassah, the cosmos and more

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    July 10, 2008 | 11:07 pm

    SAT | JULY 12

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    To lure young and trendy philanthropists to their big-deal fundraising bash, Young Hadassah International is trotting out more than just the humdrum silent auction. The charitable organization, which brings together young activists from around the world to...
  • Ice on Mars: Good for the Jews?

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am


    I have always been only slightly embarrassed by my avidity for reports of UFOs, ETs, new planetary systems, semantic transmissions across the galaxies and every other kind of disruptive wow.

    My embarrassment stems not from a reflexive belief in reports of bright lights flying low...

  • Spectator - What It Looks Like From Here

    By Gaby Friedman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Biting off more than most of us can chew, husband and wife authors Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams have taken on the enormously ambitious task of tackling that age-old question: How did the world get here, and does our existence really matter? Primack is a professor of physics...

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