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It's funny how many claim that science refutes Torah, with proofs of paleontology, carbon 14, etc. Rav Zamir Cohen has put out a gorgeous new book in Hebrew, "HaMahapach (the Revolution)" which shows that science and Torah are really in the groove. My simple mind asks a question - How is it that the scientists purport to know what happened millions of years ago, yet deny the hard historical fact that 2 million men, women, and children saw the revelation of Hashem on Mount Sinai a mere 3326 years ago? This latter fact has been passed down from father to son and from rav to talmid (teacher to student), so that's why I go with the simple faith of our forefathers. Also, if it was good for the previous generations' spiritual giants, it's certainly good for me.

It's utterly absurd to think that anyone could have been capable of pulling the wool over the eyes of such intellectual and spiritual giants as the Ramcha"l, the Vilna Gaon, Rebbe Chaim Volozhiner, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev or the Chofetz Chaim. Stories do change and develop over time, no one can argue with that. But the holy Zohar warns that our Torah is not a mere collection of "stories", G-d forbid, but precision Divine wisdom. That's why our sages throughout the generations believed in every iota of Torah.

If you're not genuinely happy in life, try clinging to that wonderful Divine wisdom that's readily available to you. How? With emuna, of course.


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The book 'HaMahapach' is also available in English. Highly recommended! Its called The Coming Revolution, see here:

kol tuv,


The English translation was published in 2008 so these books have been around for a while.

Akiva M

It's a spurious argument. The reverse argument is, why do we have so many wonderful perushim and incredible midrashim on Berashis, but suddenly when counting days are only willing to consider the pshat?

There is no reason to consider science and Torah incompatible unless you take a dogmatic stance on every statement of every one of chazal being literally true - which itself is not possible as there are conflicts between them.

Similarly, do you follow the medical instructions of the Gemora? Why not? If we're going to follow the literal words of chazal, we should be bleeding and cupping and changing the air as primary medical treatments - rather than antibiotics.

Biblical archaeologists are a different group, it's been their thing since the 1950's to deny the validity of religion (of any kind) - going with the basic "no evidence is evidence of there being nothing". The wonderful Ir Dovid project is turning them on their heads practically monthly as they find evidence of the cohanim, Dovid HaMelech, etc.

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