The big bang serves as the scientific
Creation myth of our culture. What does it have to do with God?
How can it help us discover a
spiritual dimension in our lives and recover a sense of wonder?
In answering these questions, I draw on the insights of Jewish
mysticism as well as contemporary cosmology. I suggest several
parallels, e.g., between what physicists call “broken symmetry” and
what Kabbalah calls “the breaking of the vessels.” But
my purpose is not to demonstrate that 13th-century kabbalists knew
what cosmologists are now discovering. Rather, in juxtaposing these
two distinct approaches--scientific and spiritual--I experiment
with seeing each in light of the other.
Spirituality and science are two tools of understanding that should
not be confused; each is valid in its domain. Occasionally, though,
their insights resonate. By sensing these resonances, our understanding
deepens, nourished by mind and heart.