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.

Velvl Greene, left, with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Chabad.org.

Velvl Greene, left, with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Chabad.org.

Observation
Feb. 28 2018
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.

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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