New 2023: Stay tuned for a new illustrated translation of Rabbi Meir ibn Gabbai’s 16th century kabbalistic classic, The Secrets of Creation, with a new English translation and notes by Rabbi Art Green, illustrations by Debra Band, and with my extensive astrophysical commentary including updates from the James Webb Telescope.

Three recently featured articles are presented under “Author’s Articles” dealing with:  life in the universe — we are almost certainly “alone” in the cosmos and must take commensurate responsibilities; the multiverse (the idea of a near-infinite number of universes); and what I call the end of Copernican Mediocrity – the end of the notion that because we are not at the center of the universe we must be commonplace (these articles are in pdf format, and might take a few moments to download).

Featured article in Nautilus on the End of Copernican Mediocrity: http://cosmos.nautil.us/short/69/does-science-suggest-humans-have-a-cosmic-role


“A profound and perceptive discussion of science and religion by a thoughtful and knowledgeable scholar of both, written with depth but in a style understandable to the general public.”
Charles H. Townes, PhD, Nobel laureate in physics, winner of the Templeton Prize, and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Read this book if you want to discover how religion and science can interact harmoniously, how ancient Kabbalah and modern cosmology intersect, and how both of these approaches together can enlighten us
Daniel C. Matt, author of God and the Big Bang , and The Zohar: Pritzker Edition.

“More than a literate and frequently mind-blowing synthesis of Jewish mysticism and the science of astrophysics, Smith’s book offers us a compelling and instructive glimpse into the mind and the soul of a  man of science who is also deeply religious. There is something amazing or awesome on almost every page.”
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of Kabbalah: A Love Story, and Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians.

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