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What better venue than Miami is there for a conference on aging and memory? The Ninth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science, held at The Shul of Bal Harbour, December 22-15, 2011, examined old age, dementia, and Alzheimer’s as part of the greater picture of how the soul, mind, brain, and body interconnect.

 

Mind research is such a new branch of science that neurologist Yakir Kaufman says, “We know more about outer space than the mind.” Every neurologist, mind researcher, and rabbinic scholar who spoke presented a different view of how the mind works.

 

In a special session on the repressed memories of Holocaust survivors, Professor Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz, Minister of Science and Technology of the State of Israel, gave a moving presentation based on research conducted by his son. This was a return performance for the brilliant charismatic Professor Hershkowitz, as well as for the distinguished rabbi-scientists Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, MD and Rabbi Professor Moshe Dovid Tendler.

 

 

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The Ninth Miami International Conference on Torah & Science

Memory, Soul and Brain—

The Meeting Point of Torah, Gerontology and Neuroscience

 

The Shul of Bal Harbour, 9540 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

December 22-25, 2011

 

Organizers
 

Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar, The Shul of Bal Harbour

Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer, President Emeritus of the Jerusalem College of Technology and Editor-in-Chief of B’Or Ha’Torah

Professor Nathan Katz, Founder-director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality at Florida International University

 

 

The Ninth Miami International Conference on Torah & Science

Memory, Soul and Brain—

The Meeting Point of Torah, Gerontology and Neuroscience

 

To be held at The Shul of Bal Harbour, 9540 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154, USA

December 22-25, 2011

 

Organizers

Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar, The Shul of Bal Harbour

Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer, President Emeritus of the Jerusalem College of Technology and Editor-in-Chief of B’Or Ha’Torah

Professor Nathan Katz, Founder-director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality at Florida International University

 

7:30 pm Thursday, December 22, 2011 Torah and Science of the Mind

Professor Nathan Katz presiding

Welcome: Professor Nathan Katz; Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar

Honoring Professor Herman Branover, Founding Editor-in-Chief of B’Or Ha’Torah

 

Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar, The Shul of Bal Harbour

“The Implications for Every Area of Society of the Mind/Soul Fusion When the Brain Loses Function”

 

Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, md, Senior pediatric neurologist and director of the Medical Ethics Unit Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem; associate clinical professor of medical ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School; head of the editorial board of the Talmudic Encyclopedia; and director of Yad Harav Herzog

“The Biological Interface of the Brain and the Soul”

 

Professor Kenneth Heilman, Distinguished Professor of neurology and professor of clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida‑Gainesville, and director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorder Clinics

“The Spiritual Brain”

 

10 am Friday, December 23, 2011 Biology of the Mind and Soul

Yakir Kaufman, md presiding

 
Rabbi Professor Moshe Dovid Tendler, Rosh yeshivah of the Yeshiva University affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary; professor of biology at Yeshiva College, and the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Chair in Jewish Medical Ethics at Yeshiva University

“Ageism: A Halakhic View”

 

Daniel Drubach, MD, Behavioral neurologist, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

“Pirkei Avot, Self Design, and the Brain”

 

Barry Baumel, MD, Founder, medical director, and co-CEO of the Baumel-Eisner Neuromedical Institute research center in South Florida

“Is Our Memory Our Life?”

 

8 pm Saturday, December 24, 2011 Holocaust and Memory

 

Professor Vera Schwarcz presiding and commenting

 

Professor Oren Stier, Religious Studies, Florida International University

“From Memory to Oblivion”

 

Yakir Kaufman, md, Behavioral neurologist and founder of the Center for Brain Health, Herzog Memorial Hospital, Jerusalem

“Memory and the Holocaust”

 

Professor Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz, Professor of Mathematics, Technion, Haifa, and Minister of Science and Technology of the State of Israel

“Repressed Memory of Holocaust Survivors”

 

10 am Sunday, December 25, 2011 Torah, Science and Aging

 

Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar presiding

Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer, President Emeritus of the Jerusalem College of Technology and Editor-in-Chief of B’Or Ha’Torah

“The Scope of Our Talmud Sages’ Knowledge in Science and Gerontology”

 

Mrs. Leah Abramowitz, Director of the Geriatric Institute of Studies in Aging, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

“Advanced Dementia Care: The Mitsvah, the Challenge, and the Professional Practice”

 

Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, md, Rabbi Professor Moshe Tendler, and Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar

Dialogue on the Future”

 

Sholom Dovber Lipskar

Concluding Remarks

 

shabbaton speakers

 

Friday evening

Professor Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz, Greetings

Distinguished Professor Isaac Elishakoff, “Religion and Science: Are They Like Parallel Lines That Do not Intersect?”

Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, MD, “The Fine Line between Ethics and Medical Decisions”

 

Shabbat morning

Professor Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz

Rabbi Professor Moshe Tendler

Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg

Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer

Yakir Kaufman, MD

 

Shabbat afternoon

Mordechai Olesky, MA, “The Breath of G-d and the Soul of Man”