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The Miami International Torah and Science conferences: absolute standards in an age of relativity.

The Miami international conferences on Torah and science are held around Hanukkah time every other year. The connection with Hanukkah was made by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who emphasized that Einstein's research leading to the Theory of Relativity was connected with the nature of light.

Rabbi Shalom Dovber Lipskar of The Shul of Bal Harbour and the Aleph Institute of Miami and Professor Herman Branover of B'Or HaTorah were the founding organizers of the first conference in 1987. Professor Nathan Katz and Mrs. Ilana Attia joined in 1999.

Since volume 12 (2001), B'Or HaTorah has been publishing the peer-reviewed written papers from the Miami conferences. Among the topics discussed have been: the ethical problems of human cloning and genetic engineering; how biological evolution should be taught in Jewish high schools; free will versus genetic determinism; the relationships between consciousness, time, and nature; and the Jewish experience in India, China, and the Islamic world.

The Ninth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science is scheduled for December 2011.

The additional contribution of the Jerusalem College of Technology should add a new dimension to the stimulating, inspiring meetings in Florida.

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