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Audio: Who Wrote the Bible? Plus, Rabbi Abraham Cooper Fights Hate

A Jewish computer scientist takes on Biblical criticism. And the Simon Wiesenthal Center fights hatred
7/6/2011, 8:30 PM

A7 Radio's "Judean Eve" with Eve Harow
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Segment 1

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and has, in that capacity for over 30 years, overseen the Center’s international social action agenda ranging from worldwide anti-Semitism and extremist groups, to Nazi crimes, to interfaith relations and the struggle to thwart the anti-Israel Divestment
campaign, to worldwide promotion of tolerance education. Rabbi Cooper regularly meets with world leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI, presidents and foreign ministers to defend the rights of the Jewish people, combat terrorism and promote intergroup relations. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and international authority on
issues related to digital hate and the Internet. He fills Eve in on the challenges facing all of us and the need to keep awareness high. In this rapid communication age no one can say they 'didn't know'. Check out the Kairos Document for starters.

Segment 2

How has a computer scientist managed to shake up the world of Biblical criticism?  Professor Moshe Koppel of Bar Ilan University headed a team that developed a software program as part of a sub-field of artificial intelligence studies known as authorship attribution. The paper was presented last week in Portland, Oregon, at the annual
conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, but it's okay if you missed it.  The responses generated by its application to the Bible have far exceeded anything the researchers anticipated, and
the inevitable "conclusions' were fast in coming. Maybe he should have stuck to his less controversial work just reforming the political system and getting a constitution passed in the Knesset. Not your typical computer nerd by a long shot.

Eve Harow, host of Judean Eve is a long-time community activist and tour guide from the Judean hills. Her extensive work in Israel advocacy has taken her all over the world. Each week she discusses archaeology, nature and interviews Israelis on current events in the Middle East and the Jewish world. The Judean Eve podcast airs live every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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