SHAMIR has a dedicated department, B’Or HaTorah, dedicated to exploring the interplay between Judaic and secular wisdom. By applying academic integrity in resolving conflicts and disclosing synergies, SHAMIR informs and inspires the thinking Jew to celebrate his heritage while embracing the wonders of the world.

To this end, we have formed a speakers’ bureau, held international conferences, and published books, journals and videos, in English, Russian and Hebrew.

Conference proceedings are published in our B’Or HaTorah Journal of Science, Arts and Problems of Modern Life in the Light of Torah.

B’OR HA’TORAH is a unique forum for wondering Jews, scientists, artists, teachers, and students - examining personal and intellectual concerns through the microscope and telescope of the scientist; the algorithm of the mathematician; the discourse of the philosopher; the imagery of the artist, poet, and photographer; and the tested faith and learning of the Torah-observant Jew.


B’Or HaTorah Endorsements

The B’OR HA’TORAH journal makes a valuable contribution by publishing a variety of articles on the relationship between Torah and science. The special quality of these articles is their significant attempt to discuss scientific subjects from the Torah point of view. The importance of B’OR HA’TORAH is its departure from apologetics. Instead, it delves into the sparsely investigated field of how to combine the spiritual dimension of the Torah with the dimensions of time and space within which scientific research operates. In doing this, a double illumination is created: not only does science receive the brilliance of the Torah, but the light that reflects back from the illuminated scientific knowledge reveals an additional facet and more complete understanding of the Torah text.

Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael Steinsaltz

“Congratulations on such a high quality publication”

Jonathan Sacks
Chief Rabbi, United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

“I enjoyed reading B’OR HA’TORAH ... it will have a strong impact”

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
President of Yeshiva University

“I recommend B’OR HA’TORAH for students and academics … Useful and interesting, it is formulated in a clear and attractive manner.”

Rabbi Baruch Horowitz
Rosh Yeshiva Dvar Yerushalayim

“… we are all coming from diverse professional, business, and rabbinic backgrounds interspersed with observant, nonaffiliated, hedonistic, cultist, and missionary experiences—your magazine’s style relates eminently well to all of us. Amazing, but true!”

Rabbi Casriel Brusowankin

“B’OR HA’TORAH is beautifully executed… on a high intellectual level.”

Prof. Alvin Radkowsky
Former Chief Scientist of the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Project

“A Roman Catholic interested in the relation between science and the Bible, I have been enjoying my copies of B’OR HA’TORAH.”

Michael R. Hoyt
Silver Spring, Maryland

“Your articles not merely enlightening but inspiring. They go a long way towards satisfying both an intellectual and spiritual hunger.”

Dr. Ben Ostrov
New Chinese University, Hong Kong

“I often study B’OR HA’TORAH with my father Erev Shabbos. We enjoy this book a lot and have spent many hours on one question, and still have not reached a conclusion. ‘If no one is looking at the moon, does it exist?”

From Joshua Elberg’s bar mitsva speech in Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec

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