XIIth International Conference on Torah and Science

When the Lubavitcher Rebbe blessed Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar and Professor Herman Branover for organizing the First Miami International Torah & Science Conference, he circled the word “relativity” in the conference subtitle. The Rebbe noted that Einstein’s research probed the nature of light. Just as the speed of physical light provides a measure of absoluteness to the physical world, the light of the Torah commandments, invoked by kindling the Chanukkah candles, signifies another level of absoluteness. Thus the First Miami Torah & Science Conference was held during Chanukkah of 1987 at the Sheraton Hotel of Bal Harbour. Its proceedings, entitledFusion, were published in 1990 by Feldheim Publishers. The Second Miami Torah & Science Conference was held at the same venue on December 24-26, 1989.

Join us for four thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting days with leading rabbis, scholars, researchers, and scientists of all varieties – natural science, social science, behavioral science.

XIIth International Conference on Torah and Science. The Shul – Surfside, FL

December 21-24, 2017

RSVP Shabbat Dinner https://www.theshul.org/tscdinner#

Conference: Nature and/or Nurture – Intellect, Emotion, Behavior and Ethics

Moderator: Professor Nathan Katz

Conference Program

Thursday, December 21st

7:00 PM – 7:20 PM                      Opening

7:20 PM – 8:00 PM                     Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar “Alter Rebbe’s Perspective on Nature vs. Nurture”

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM                   Panel 1. Neuroscience – Hard wiring and software

  1. Professor Daniel A. Drubach, M.D. “Neuroscience of Free Will and Freedom of Choice”
  2. Professor Kenneth M. Heilman, M.D. “Jewish Creativity: Possible Brain Mechanisms”
  3. Professor Barry Baumel, M.D. “Mindfulness: The Placebo Effect and Faith”

Friday, December 22nd 

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM                  Professor Mordechai Olesky, M.A. “The Blueprint of Creation and the Blueprint of Life: Locating the Template of Genesis in the Structure of DNA”

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM               Panel 2. Free Will and Determinism – Culture, Sociology and Psychology

  1. Joseph Jacobson ‘The Near Future of Autonomous Vehicles, Robots and Artificially Intelligent Systems and their Halachic Implications”
  2. Professor Joseph Bodenheimer “Nature vs. Nurture from Eden”
  3. Ira Bedzow “Free Will, Determinism, and Cognitive Pluralism in Halachic Living Judaism”

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM               Coffee Break

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                  KEYNOTE

Dr. Yaakov Friedman, “Unification of Laws of Nature by Extending Relativity”

Shabbat Dinner:                       Professor Nathan Aviezer, “Do Human Beings Have Free Will?”

                                                   Professor John D. Loike

Advance reservations required https://www.theshul.org/tscdinner#

Saturday, December 23rd

Shabbat Morning

9:00 AM                                          Shacharis

Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg M.D.

Professor Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler, M.D.

12:00 PM                                        Kiddush

12:30 PM                                        Fabrenguen Lunch

                                                       Dr. Yaakov Friedman

Shabbat Afternoon

5:00 PM                                          Mincha / Maariv

                                                       Shalosh Seudos

Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, M.D.

Rabbi Chaim Miller

Evening Program

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM                  Panel 3. DNA, Identity, and Forensic Sciences.

  1. Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, M.D. “DNA Identification – Halachic Perspectives”
  2. Professor Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler, M.D. “Tampering with the Human Genome” Part 1
  3. Professor John D. Loike “Tampering with the Human Genome” Part 2

Sunday, December 24th

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM               WORKSHOP

Professor Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, M.D. “Halacha and Abortion – Reading the Sources”

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                  Panel 4. Does Trauma Affect our Destiny?

  1. Professor Vera Schwarcz “Historical Trauma from a Cross Cultural Perspective/Jews of China”
  2. Norman Goldwasser “The Neurobiology of Trauma: Clinical and Innovative Treatment Considerations.”
  3. Rabbi Chaim Miller “Consequences of Traumatic Events from a Torah Perspective and the Role of Free Will”

 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM                     Coffee and Snacks

 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM                     WORKSHOP

Dr. Arthur Agaston, M.D.

Dr. Alan Rozanski M.D. 

Behavioral Cardiology, Neurology”