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Epigenetics Revolution: The Power to Self-regulate and Control Human Behavior

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by John D. Loike, Ira Bedzow and Moshe D. Tendler

“…recent studies in epigenetics have shown that genes can be regulated to turn on or off to help determine who we become in many significant ways.

 

…One of the basic tenets of Judaism is the capacity of human beings to control their behavior since everyone has the potential to become a righteous individual. In this article we propose that there might be a molecular/cellular understanding, based on epigenetics, of how a lifestyle devoted to doing mitzvot can enhance this capacity to control behavior.

 

…The Talmud [states] ‘I [Hashem] created the evil inclination and I created the Torah as its antidote’… Why is Torah the antidote? Because one essential goal of learning Torah is to enhance observance of the mitzvot and the performance of ḥesed…

 

…Torah observance provides the mechanism of control and change both spiritually and epigenetically to enable human beings to become righteous.”

 

Excerpts from Epigenetics Revolution: The Power to Self-regulate and Control Human Behavior as printed in Hakirah, Volume 27, Fall 2019