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Ethnobotany and Ritual: Citron Detectives, Nomadic Acacias, and Pomegranate Physics: Biblical Plant Puzzles Revealed

November 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

| $5 – $10

Despite the widespread belief that science and religion are inherently and hopelessly in conflict, there are many situations in which each has much to gain from the other. We will look at several apparent conflicts that can be resolved by a mutually enriching exchange between scientific and religious scholarship. Examples include the identity of the “gopher wood” used to build Noah’s ark; the physiology and classification of mushrooms; the origin of the citron (etrog); a rationale for the Bible’s strange instructions for the cooking of the paschal lamb, and others.

Dr. Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Brown University and his Master’s and Doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. He has also studied with Rabbi Chaim Brovender at Israel’s Yeshivat Hamivtar and conducted research on corn, alfalfa, and soybeans at Cornell, the US Department of Agriculture, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Cancer Research. Since 1989, he has been a science teacher and educational consultant. Dr. Greenberg was Senior Editor of science textbooks at Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Previously on the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, the School of Education at Indiana University, and the University of Phoenix, he has taught at the Heschel School since 2008.

  $10 Adult / $5 Garden Members

or by calling 510-664-7606, 510-664-7606

 Mary Mrowka,,  510-664-7606


November 10, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$5 – $10


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