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The Breath of Life: Torah, Intelligent Design and Evolution

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This volume focuses on the Torah’s first verse, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ). Of the hundreds of gematria findings related to these 7 words and 28 letters, a few dozen are explored in-depth in terms of both mathematics and the traditional Rabbinic scholarship they connect to and illuminate. You will be astounded by the mathematical richness that the Torah relates to and will surely appreciate the beautiful new world of Torah scholarship mathematics can open up.



The theory of evolution is almost uncontested in the scientific world, even though it remains incomplete. Until now, the discrepancy between evolution and the account of creation in the Torah has been tackled in various ways by rabbinical authorities. However, the options currently available to believers cannot do justice both to the authenticity of Torah and the empirical findings of science. The feeling that abounds is that you can never have one without jeopardizing the other.

In The Breath of Life, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh offers a new perspective that unifies the two realms. He contemplates key concepts in the theory of evolution—such as purpose, intelligent design, the origin of life, the riddle of sexual reproduction and the common ancestor of all living creatures—redirecting our perception to view them through the prism of Torah and Kabbalah.

Doing so reorients the entire theory of evolution and elevates the ideas to their origin in holiness. Extracting the essence of any scientific theory allows it to be born again, in sanctity. Rabbi Ginsburgh’s unique teaching style comes to the fore once again in this book, which takes us another step closer to unifying Torah and science. Ultimately, their union will usher in the complete redemption.


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