Religion: Halacha & Science

The Jewish religion is primarily a guide to action. Halacha, which literally means "the proper way" and is an all-embracing term for the Torah, plus 2,000 years of legal rabbinical commentaries on it, covers every conceivable detail of daily life, from what constitutes a fair interest rate to how grain that falls into gopher holes during harvest time should be left for the poor. At Manhattan's Orthodox Yeshiva University, 150 rabbinic alumni listened to a lecture on halacha and science by Yeshiva's Dr. Moses D. Tendler, a 33-year-old rabbi and biologist. The lecture was a good example of how halacha changes...

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