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What is Parallel Thinking?

The apparent conflict between Science and Torah has both fascinated and frustrated generations of Jewish thinkers. Both disciplines contribute to our understanding of the world, but there are times when scientific thought and Jewish wisdom collide and conflict with one another. The disparity can be so stark that it vexes the greatest minds, compelling us to reassess the fundamentals of our convictions.

Nevertheless, an inability to explain differences does not automatically imply failure, but should rather spur us on to continue our exploration of the truth. Jewish faith has never been dependent on resolving inconsistencies. It is better to remain in a state of wonder than pressure ourselves to entertain half-baked, ill-conceived ideas for the sake of answers.

These lectures aim to engender an appreciation of both science and Torah in order to explore the premise that they are equally legitimate, yet inherently different expressions of reality.