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Science, Faith, and the Microbiologist Who Became the Patriarch of a Family of Committed Hasidim

My encounters with the life and legacy of Velvl Greene.

February 28, 2018 | Alan Rubenstein
About the author: Alan Rubenstein, director of university programs at the Tikvah Fund, teaches a great-books seminar, “Windows on the Good Life,” at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Velvl Greene, left, with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

During the coldest months of the year, I co-teach a course on the Hebrew Bible at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. This year we’re reading the book of Exodus and grappling with the encounter between Moses and God at the burning bush, which (in Robert Alter’s translation) opens like this:

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