Nobel Laureate: Torah is Key to Intellectual Pursuit

 

 

“Torah study is an intellectual pursuit, and honoring this ultimate value transfers to other pursuits as well,” Nobel Laureate Robert John Aumann.

By Aviel Scheider

 

 

After two Israeli professors living in the US won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year, it begs the question: Why have Jews been so successful in this realm, despite their proportionately small population?

: Bible is Key to Jewish Genius

Nobel Laureate Robert John Aumann is an Israeli-American mathematician and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He is a professor at the Center for the Study of Rationality in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Wikipedia

Approximately 20 percent or 1 in 5 of Nobel Prize laureates are Jews, yet Jews make up less than 0.2 percent of the world’s population.

One popular theory came in an essay a few years ago called Jewish Genius by author Charles Murray, who attributes it to super genes. He writes that “something in the genes explains elevated Jewish IQ.”

But a new theory has emerged from Robert Aumann, an Israeli who won the Nobel Prize in Economics (Games Theory) in 2005. He attributes Jewish genius to the tradition of book learning in general and Torah study in particular.

“Torah study is an intellectual pursuit, and honoring this ultimate value transfers to other pursuits as well,” Aumann told Israel’s Army Radio. “Jewish homes are full of books while other homes may or may not be. Jewish homes have overflowing bookshelves. Throughout the generations we have given great honor to this intellectual pursuit…Torah study makes the nation and its people of the finest and highest quality.”

 

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