Soon we'll be installing a moderated discussion board to serve as a place for exchange of ideas and comments. We look forward to you joining us in discussions.
Currently we offer a "Let's talk" option via email correspondence with the founder of the Torah Science Foundation, Prof. Eliezer Zeiger and director of research, Moshe Genuth.
From the desk of Eliezer Zeiger,
CEO of the Torah Science Foundation.
We continue to get encouragement about our efforts to bring Torah
Science issues to the world through our web site. The Torah-science community is also excited about the upcoming Torah science conference organized by B'Or Hatorah. The theme of the conference is Time, space and being.
As in so many other areas of knowledge, there is meaningful common ground in the way Torah and science view time. Kabbalah and Hassidic philosophy describe two distinct time concepts: the time of the lower world (zman tachton) and the time of the higher worlds (zman elion). Lower time "flows", with the past gone and the future yet to come. Higher time is eternal: past, present and future co-exist simultaneously.
The theory of relativity describes a four-dimensional space-time continuum, with three dimensions of space and one of time. The time dimension in the space-time continuum shares basic properties with the Higher time of Kabbalah and Hasidic philosophy. In classical thermodynamics, time is a unidirectional arrow that shares basic properties with the Lower time of Kabbalah and Hasidic philosophy.
One aspect of the war between the Jews and the Greeks, that ended with the Jewish victory celebrated in Hanukah, was about the meaning of time. For the Greeks time was a sequence of events, or its measurement. For the Jews, time is the injection of Divine providence into space.
Kabbalah and Hasidic philosophy teach that time originates from two simultaneous rhythms: "Mati lo mati" (also known as "noge'a lo noge'a"), a movement of Divine energy from the higher realms to the lower realms and back, and "ratzo va' shov", the movement of the soul from the lower to the higher realms, and back.
Space was created first, and time was "drawn" into space. In general, space embodies our ordinary reality, and time "informs" space. Divine providence shapes reality (space) through the dimension of time.
At the level of the soul and human behavior, time has critical importance for our actions. Kohelet (King Solomon's book Ecclesiastes) teaches that there is a time for everything. The two most important collective sins of the Jewish people, the eating from the tree of Knowledge and the building of the golden calf, happened because of an inability to wait for the right time. The all-important process of rectification, teshuvah (repentance), bridges Lower time with Higher time. True repentance shifts our actions from Lower to the Higher time, where past, present and future co-exist. This is the mechanism whereby teshuvah can physically transform a past transgression into a good deed, and darkness into light.
We hope that you will join the Torah science community at the B'Or Hatorah conference in Miami. If that is not possible, stay tuned to torahscience.org. We are planning, with G-d's help, to feature full-length articles on the relation between time, space and consciousness.
I look forward to your comments on torahscience.org.
CEO of the Torah Science Foundationm
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