How did our universe come into being? Why did it take shape in exactly this way? What role do human beings have in the unfolding of Creation? Our two speakers will discuss these questions from their own disciplines of physics and Kabbalah, showing surprising areas of overlap. Get ready for high-energy collisions of ideas, and let there be light! Since in quantum physics the role of the experimentor serves to determine the outcome, your own participation will be most welcome!
Miriam Diamond is a PhD Candidate in Experimental High-Energy Particle Physics at the University of Toronto. She spends her summers working at the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, re-creating the conditions that existed in the very early universe.
Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander holds an Honours B.A. degree from York University, Rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Doctorate of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, in the field of Jewish Mysticism and Rabbinics. Rabbi Englander is the founding Rabbi of Solel Congregation, Mississauga, where he now serves as Rabbi Emeritus. He is also Adjunct Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Toronto. He has taught religious and rabbinical studies at York University and the Leo Baeck College in London (UK). He is the author of The Mystical Study of Ruth (Scholars Press) and several articles on Jewish Mysticism and is former Editor of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal.