‘God Particle’

Earlier this month, scientists announced the discovery of an elusive subatomic particle, Higgs boson, that was thought to better explain … Continued

Earlier this month, scientists announced the discovery of an elusive subatomic particle, Higgs boson, that was thought to better explain the origins of the matter, the universe. Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles penned the following poem about the discovery.

Writes Wolpe:

No doubt you have all read about
The stunning confirmation
That the collider replaced Mount Sinai
As the site for revelation.

God is out, Higgs Boson in,
Invisible, unseen
Particulate angels on a pinhead
From absences, we glean.

But who can help but wonder if
At the dawn of dark and bright
A voice pronounced “Let Boson be”
And we’ve just seen the light.


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Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of seven books including “Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times” and his latest, “Why Faith Matters.” Follow him on Facebook.

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  • SODDI

    It’s science. It doesn’t have anything to do with your cults of unreason.

  • Billy N Ella

    So what part of science has nothing to do with religion? Have you studied this or are you making unscientific statements based on personal bias?
    Chemistry is the result of hermetic alchemy;
    The big bang theory is a catholic priests (georges lemaitre) theory to explain everything coming from one all powerful force of creation;
    Relativity was derived from the concepts of a man who stated as reason behind theory’s that “I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice.” who stated that transcendental ideals were necessary “I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.”;
    Quantum theory was the result of Plancks views that there was a reason for things based on views that “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter”;
    We can even go to biology formed from hindu ayurveda;
    Newton refashioned the world governed by an interventionist God into a world crafted by a God that designs along rational and universal principles;
    So again where is your supportive evidence that religion has nothing to do with science. The founders of the scientific theory you use to know anything scientific largely state otherwise.
    It is very unscientific to cast aside information just because you have faith in your belief that there is not something that you cant conceive.
    Even Heisenburg would tell you you cant know everything but also “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

  • Billy N Ella

    Oh! I forgot to add one! It just popped into my head.

    Evolution-the first ideas of evolution are historically found in hindu beliefs of the evolving soul also in the change and growth of all life through reincarnation.
    The Norse Ragnarok is with time all old life dying and literally “new life” coming from nature.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    Beautiful. Only it rings a bit hollow considering your last poem on here was about how upset you are that German children now have a say in whether or not their genitals are mutilated.

  • ClarkKent1

    Science proceeds, and religion stumbles, falling farther behind every year, while it looks for any crumbs it can still hold up to ask science to come back. Valid scientific findings, whether it is in cosmology or medicine or a thousand other areas, are evaluated and found to be supportable, regardless of what religion thinks.
    Taking a few colorful rhetorical quotes from Einstein or others does not support your pro-religion thesis. “God does not play dice” was said by Albert as a rhetorical flourish and you should know that he did NOT believe in God. He made that clear several times.

  • ProfessorWrightBSU

    umm… just because Higgs called it the God particle doesn’t mean the particle itself is God. the theory is simply that the particle is responsible for adding mass to elements. it does not ‘create’ said elements.

    i wonder if people went through all of the machinations when it was discovered that molecules are comprised of atoms. or that atoms were comprised of protons, electrons, and neutrons. or that protons and neutrons are comprised of quarks and gluons (i.e. gauge bosons).

  • SODDI

    Higgs didn’t call it the “god” particle. Leon Lederman, a science writer, called it “the GODDAMNED particle”, because it was hard to find. His publisher censored him and shortened it to “god”.

    Which is much more amusing than all the religious fools tying themselves in knots trying to insert their peculiar beliefs into a science discussion because it has the word “god” in it.

  • Cinderella1001

    The knowledge of science derived from observing the universe created by God.

    Religion that convey God’s message should support whatever discovered by science which basically is studying His creation.

    Granted religion’s message that came to us through thousand years does not always preserved as originally conveyed by God’s messenger.

    God gave us the faculty of intellect to observe and draw correct conclusion.

  • SODDI

    The outcomes and observations of scientific experiments do not depend on whether the experimenters and observers are gay or straight or male or female; whether they keep kosher or halal or just had big plate of shrimp and pork for lunch; they do not depend on prayers or chants or the shouting of barbarous names of invocation; no one needs to be circumcised to conduct these experiments or observe them; no prayer wheels need to be spun, no magic circles need to be drawn and no chickens need to be beheaded as a sacrifice.

    That stuff is the domain of religion – and you’re welcome to it. Just crawl back inside your catacombs and curse those who would teach and write about evolution and cosmology and biology and brain science and wave your signs saying “Thank God For Dead Soldiers”.