Jews and The Study of Nature

Authored by: Noah Efron

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178


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“Mankind and we ourselves have been much concerned as to the direction in which our particular abilities during these past two hundred years have been exerted,” Cyrus Adler told New York Jewish society, who had squeezed into the ballroom of the Hotel Astor on March 4, 1931 to honor Albert Einstein. Adler, the President of the Jewish Theological Seminary, insisted that Einstein’s accomplishments were simply the latest example of Jewish scientific genius. Einstein is, Adler said, “the flowering of many centuries of endeavor.” Jews had always done their part for science, he told his rapt audience, and science had always been a part of Judaism (Adler 1933: 346).

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