Authors Posts by Amitai Bin-Nun

Amitai Bin-Nun

Amitai Bin-Nun is a senior research scientist at Motional LLC, a Boston-based company developing driverless vehicles, where he focuses on the intersection of engineering, policy, and societal expectations of emerging technologies. Previously, he spent close to a decade working on science policy across several government, academic, and nonprofit leadership roles. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his thesis explored using black holes as a window into extra dimensions, a masters degree in mathematics from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Yeshiva University. Amitai has published research across the fields of physics, energy policy, engineering safety, and social policy. In 2009, he was awarded the Luckens Prize in Jewish Thought by the University of Kentucky. Amitai resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is grateful to be able to publish Jewish scholarship in the Lehrhaus. He can be reached at

Revelation Deferred but not Denied: the Golden Calf as a Rabbinic Origin Story

Amitai Bin-Nun provides a fresh and intriguing perspective on the story of the Golden Calf by reading it in light of the Talmudic passage in Menahot detailing an encounter between Moses and R. Akiba on Mt. Sinai where God is tying crowns to the letters of the Torah scroll.