Jerusalem, Israel (PressExposure) May 10, 2013 -- There is much being debated about what makes a book these days. While the deliberations over the print vs. digital debate often make headlines, there is another topic that is also undergoing similar seismic shifts. In a world filled with content of all sizes, from the 140 character or less tweets, to thousand page tomes, what makes something substantial enough to be called a "book"?
In the new book "Lectures on Torah and Modern Physics (The Lectures in Kabbalah Series)," from world-renowned Kabbalist and author of more than 100 books, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, we have an answer to our quandary. Perhaps a collection of thoughts merits being called a book, when they inspire a line of books after it?
"We view Rabbi Ginsburgh's teachings as springboards," said Yonatan Gordon, founder of CommunityofReaders.org and student of the author. "Any given class can inspire each of us students to begin writing our own versions of the material we just heard."
This is exactly what Yonatan did six years ago after reading the original transcripts that later made up this new book. "One day, I remember thinking about Rabbi Ginsburgh's discussion on counter-intuition in modern physics. Then the thought occurred to me, science isn't the only thing that is counter-intuitive."
This led Yonatan to come up with what he called the "Product Flip Cycle," now a four-part series on his site. The original version of the model, written now over five years ago, was originally sent to Seth Godin. A week later, Seth devoted his blog post "Taking Photographs vs. Giving Photographs" to the flipping of products.
Although Yonatan doesn't know whether Seth's blog post was motivated by his draft or not, he began thinking about counter-intuition further. "We hope to cover the topic of the 'flipped' classroom next," stated Yonatan. While the term was made famous recently by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, Yonatan plans to draw his inspiration from the self-same beginning of the seminar.
The lectures appearing in this new book were given by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh in Los Angeles over the course of three days, March 18-20, 2007. The three day seminar was titled "Beyond the Physical Universe," and it focused on the relationship between modern physics and Torah. The classes addressed a wide range of topics, from relativity (special and general) and quantum mechanics, to wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle.
Apart from carefully drawing parallels and correspondences between the Torah's inner dimension and modern physics, in these lectures, Rabbi Ginsburgh proposes new directions for scientific research into important areas such as a unified field theory, CPT symmetry, the relationship between acceleration and gravitation, and the possibility of uncovering additional dimensions in physical reality. Through his analysis, Rabbi Ginsburgh demonstrates how the Torah's depth can be used to fertilize science and further our understanding of nature.
The new book, "Lectures on Torah and Modern Physics (The Lectures in Kabbalah Series)," is available on the publisher's website, Innermedia.org, or on Amazon.com and other online bookstores.
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-9657146729, 186 Page Hardcover