Teaching Evolution in Jewish Schools

Evolutionary biology thrives alongside serious engagement with the Genesis narrative.

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Advocating for an approach that admits this complexity, Joel Wolowelsky, chairman of Advanced Placement studies at the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York, wrote in Ten-Da'at, a journal of Jewish education: "Lurking behind the would-be debate between Torah and evolution is either a shallow understanding of Torah or an unsophisticated appreciation of science--or both. Our students certainly deserve better."

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Emma Kippley-Ogman

Emma Kippley-Ogman is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School, having received a B.A. in history of science from Harvard University in 2003.