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Noted Bar-Ilan Professor Addresses MTA Students

Last Thursday, Professor Nathan Aviezer, a world renowned physicist at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, visited Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) to give a presentation entitled “On Contradictions Between Torah and Science.” Addressing the students in bekius shiurim, Professor Aviezer demonstrated how modern scientific findings actually support the Torah’s account of the creation of the universe in Bereishit. After speaking briefly about the story of creation, Professor Aviezer quoted statements from the world’s leading astrophysicists and cosmologists declaring that the generally accepted “Big Bang Theory” requires acknowledgement of the concept of creation in order for it to make any sense. Following that discussion, he went through the Torah’s story of creation day by day, at first contrasting the views posited by the Torah and by science, but ultimately demonstrating that there has never been a real conflict to resolve at all. Topics covered included the “upper” and “lower” waters, the formation of our landmasses, the purpose of stars and the explosion of lifeforms. Professor Aviezer’s insights helped everyone gain a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of Judaism and of the mechanics behind the beginnings of the universe as we know it, reconciling the two in a harmonious fashion.

By Miki Kolber

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