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Judaism, Science and the Meaning of Life
Tuesday, January 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Class meets Tuesdays, January 4, 11, and 18, 2022 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am on Zoom. Zoom Link to be provided to registrants prior to class.
Fee: $20; $18 Beth Israel Members
In this three-session class, we’ll learn and discuss the interactions of two great wisdom traditions: Judaism and Science. We’ll analyze the different epistemologies (ways of knowing) that govern both systems. We’ll study how Judaism and Science tell different stories of the origins of the Universe and the Human species – and how these two narratives both conflict and harmonize. We’ll discuss some of the great moral issues that contemporary technologies have surfaced – including how to manage and envision artificial intelligence; our responsibility to animals and nature in general; how to navigate the thorny ethical issues of self-driving-cars; and understand some the key ideas behind contemporary medical ethics.
Rabbi Philip Graubart has served pulpits in New York City, Massachusetts, and, for fifteen years, La Jolla. He’s also had leadership positions at the National Yiddish Book Center, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the San Diego Jewish Academy. He’s currently writing and teaching part-time at various synagogues and the Academy.