|Call for Papers
December 01, 2002
Department of Religious Studies, Florida International
Professor Nathan Katz, Professor and Chair
The Shul of Bal Harbour and The Aleph Institute of Miami,
Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar
BOr HaTorah Journal of Science, Art & Modern Life in the
Light of the Torah -- Professor Herman Branover, Editor-in-
Chief; Ilana Attia, Managing Editor
The Fifth Miami International Conference on Torah & Science
Absolute Standards in an age of Relativity
16-18 December 2003
The Kovens Conference Center
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Followed by a Shabbaton at The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida
Call for Papers on the Following and Related Topics
LOOKING FOR LINKS BETWEEN THE DIVINE, HUMAN, NATURAL,
ARTIFICIAL, AND VIRTUAL
Links from G-d:
Are G-ds properties of unity, infinity, singularity, and
uniqueness found in nature?
Are the Creators fingerprints hidden? Is there a
predetermined pattern in the continuing development of life
and the cosmos?
Does Jewish history show G-ds intervention in the world?
Human Links to G-d:
Are humans wired to know G-d, or is access denied?
How does the brain experience spirituality and free will?
How do prayer and faith affect health? Does religion
Are good and evil absolute or relative?
Where does the soul residein the blood? the heart? the
breath? the mind? DNA?
Will the Theory of Everything lead us to G-d?
Does the universe look as if it were specifically designed
to enable human life?
Human Links to Nature and the Artificial:
Is a unified view of creation and the role of nature in
What is the difference between natural, artificial, and
virtual reality? Does the Torah permit us to manipulate
New developments in genetic engineering. Is man helping or
competing with G-d? What blessings does a Jew say on food
engineered with DNA from a different biological species or
Is Artificial Intelligence in the image of man or G-d? Are
there aspects of AI that display a new type of
intelligence, different from human, but not in the image of
Does the future of human life depend on computers and
robots being sent to outer space?
Can a soul be infused into a human clone or a robot?
Does quick laboratory production of petroleum provide a
missing link between the Torah and evolutionary timetables?
Is there a common link in math, science, the arts and
Do contemporary physics and cosmology prove or contradict
the central role of human life in the universe?
Why does the scientific community avoid the philosophical
conclusions of quantum physics indicating the roles of G-d
and human consciousness in nature?
There will be a round table discussion on a topic from each
of the above three areas.
Length of contributed papers: 15 minutes, plus 10 minutes
of questions and answers
Keynote lectures: 45 minutes, plus 10 minutes of questions
Proceedings will be published in BOr HaTorah Journal of
Science, Art & Modern Life in the Light of the Torah,
subject to refereeing prior to publication.
Dec 1, 2002 170-word abstract and CV due. Send to:
Ilana Attia, Managing Editor, BOr HaTorah,
6 David Yellin Street, POB 5749, Jerusalem, Israel
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 972-2-642-7521
Feb 1, 2003 Notification of acceptance of papers
Dec 16, 2003 Camera-ready copy, diskette, or e-mail
attachment in Word 7 (or earlier version) or in rich text
format for the published proceedings
Organizing Committee: Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, USA; Prof.
Nathan Katz, USA; Prof. Herman Branover, Israel; Ilana
Advisory Board: Prof. Yitzchok Block, Canada; Prof. J.
Brawer, Canada; Prof. Isaac Elishakoff, USA; Prof. Yaakov
Friedman, Israel; Dr. Aryeh Gotfryd, Canada; Prof. Velvl
Greene, Israel; USA; Prof. A.M. Hasofer, Australia; Peter
Kalms, England; Prof. Yehudah Levi, Israel; Rabbi Nissen
Mangel, USA; Rabbi Zalman Posner, USA; Rabbi I.J. Schochet,
Canada; Gedalia Shaffer, USA; Rabbi Prof. Moshe Tendler,
USA; Prof. Eliezer Zeiger, USA.
Local Organizing Committee: Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, Prof.
Nathan Katz, and Miriam Gitman
Please send all correspondence to:
Miriam Gitman, The Shul of Bal Harbour, 9540 Collins
Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154, USA.
Tel: (305) 868-1411 Fax: (305) 861-2426
FOOD, ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORTATION
Glatt kosher lunch boxes may be ordered. Coffee breaks will
Lecturers and participants may reserve rooms at the Beekman
Hotel opposite The Shul of Bal Harbour via Miriam Gitman.
Advice on other accommodations may be obtained from her.
The Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports provide access to
Shuttle service will be provided between The Shul of Bal
Harbour and the Kovens Conference Center of Florida
For further information on the December 2003 Fifth Miami
International Conference on Torah & Science
The history of the Miami Torah & Science Conferences;
the programs of the third and fourth conferences;
how to order the proceedings of the third and fourth
conferences in issues 12E, 13E, 14E and 15E of BOr
more information on the Fifth Miami International Conference
may be found at
ILANA ATTIA, Managing Editor
Journal of Science, the Arts & Modern Life in the Light of
6 David Yellin Street
B'OR HA'TORAH 13E (2002)
Contains papers from the Fifth Miami International
Conference on Torah & Science
|You can contact Prof. Nathan Katz at 972-2-642-7521 for more information