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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Science & Medical Ethics

Playing God: The Theology of Genetic Engineering

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on May 12, 2017

  How do the Torah and rabbinic sources view the idea of genetic engineering, specifically as it relates to plants? The following sources are meant to prompt a discussion regarding this question. 1. VaYikra 19:19 אֶֽת־חֻקֹּתַי֮ תִּשְׁמֹרוּ֒ בְּהֶמְתְּךָ֙ לֹא־תַרְבִּ֣יעַ כִּלְאַ֔יִם שָׂדְךָ֖ לֹא־תִזְרַ֣ע כִּלְאָ֑יִם וּבֶ֤גֶד כִּלְאַ֙יִם֙ שַֽׁעַטְנֵ֔ז לֹ֥א יַעֲלֶ֖ה עָלֶֽיךָ׃ You shall observe My laws. You Continue Reading »

From the Ramban’s Rainbow to the Theory of Evolution (Hebrew)

by Rabbi Dr. Yoel Bin-Nun Posted on December 2, 2016

DNA Evidence in Mamzeirut Cases: How Much Reality Can and Should Halakhah Acknowledge

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper Posted on December 2, 2016

Science and Halakhah: Sympathies and Strategies

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on December 2, 2016

Should Facts Affect Faith?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper Posted on December 2, 2016

The Strange Fate of Astrology in Jewish Thought and Law

by Dr. David Shatz Posted on October 27, 2016

Folk Science and Folk Theology

by Dr. Samuel Lebens Posted on October 26, 2016

Getting to the Heart of the Brain Death Debate

by Dr. Daniel Reifman Posted on October 26, 2016

Science and Religious Consciousness

by Dr. David Shatz Posted on October 26, 2016

The Genesis of Life: Stem Cell Research, Cloning and the Jewish Tradition

by RK Dina Najman Posted on October 26, 2016

Science and Halakha: Sympathies and Strategies

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on October 26, 2016

A Rabbi and a Scientist Walk into a Room…

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 26, 2016

Can new discoveries in science and advances in technology bring about changes in halakha? The question is not whether halakha can address phenomena that did not exist in the time of the Talmud, such as electricity, surrogate motherhood, and organ transplants; that is the regular work of halakha. The question, rather, is whether a halakha Continue Reading »