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What does Judaism say about the Discovery of Aliens?

What does Judaism say about the Discovery of Aliens?

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Question:

Would the discovery of ETs (extra-terrestrials) threaten organized religion?

Answer:

The discovery of ETs would pose no more of a threat to Judaism than would the discovery of a new species of rabbit.

It would be limiting G-d's power to say that He could not have placed life on other planets. In fact, there is a reference in the biblical Book of Judges (5:23) to an inhabited place called Maroz, which the Talmud identifies as a star.

But Jewish thought has always believed that the most weird and wonderful creatures are to be found right here on earth. We can explore the remotest extremities of space but still remain alien to our own humanity. The real secrets of the universe lie hidden in the depths of the human soul.

Aron Moss is rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia, and is a frequent contributor to Chabad.org.
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February 19, 2014
Why would anyone believe in aliens?
We were made in His image and likeness. The only other beings mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are angels. Why would there be only mention of us and them; yet no mention of other physical beings anywhere? For me, I have no reason to believe there are aliens any more than I have to believe there are fairies or vampires. I propose that the concept of aliens is a secular attempt to lessen our position and value as humans. To attack the wonder and awe of our G-d who lovingly created us, then placed us in dominion over the earth. To ultimately try to destroy our trust and respect for Him. They choose to believe there is no G-d, yet they would have us believe we are not as special as HE says we are [because there are other "beings" in the universe]? Given their vain and blasphemous idea that we come from primates causes me to not trust any of their suppositions. In the end, His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.

Teresa
Georgia
February 12, 2012
I love this answer. It is awesome!
Congratulations. One of the best responses given on any site here on Chabad.Org.
Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell
Riverside, CA, USA
jewishriverside.com
January 7, 2012
The danger that I see is that we are easily distracted from worshiping G-d as evidenced by the technology and the celebrity status of some here on Earth, could you imagine if we actually made contact with E.T.s? There's so much idolatry as it is. Remember there are terrestrial beings in the spirit realm that would have us break the 1st through 5th commandments.
George Ramos
Temecula, CA
January 3, 2012
ARE THERE ALIENS OUT THERE?
Who knows? Maybe. If so, I'd like to meet one! I would ask questions about spirit, their lives, their belief system and why there came here, etc.
Let's assume that if they are advanced enough to make it across time and space to come here, then they are also evolved enough to let us evolve in our own way, as well..
Personally, I'd go to their home planet incognito and just watch them!
Sharon Lockwood-Habram
Tucso, AZ
November 24, 2010
Reichenbach
Archic information - after all, there was little or nothing of Quantum Physics at that date.
Try some more up-to-date papers - there's plenty to choose from in the "reputable" scientific world.
Also note "THEORY" or Relativity, NOT "LAW" of Relativity.
Anonymous
London, UK
November 22, 2010
MAROZ can be a poetic reference...
to all other inhabited planets. I didn't know that was in our scriptures. AWESOME!!! Cool!!!
Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell
Riverside, CA, USA
jewishriverside.com
February 19, 2009
Concerning that last statement about Einstein
Please see this article on our site by Hans Reichenbach, a student of Einstein and one of the 20th century's significant philosophers of science. It is quite doubtful that he was interested in duping anybody, or that he misunderstood Einstein.
An Editor
February 17, 2009
Chronicles 16:30
Please, please, please study the actual works of Einstein rather than other people's take on what they THINK he said. (or what they want you to believe he said).
After all, the issue of rotation (it is impossible to prove which body is revolving around which) is correct if, and only if, there are two and not more than two objects in existence. The addition of a third (assuming a 3 dimensional universe) makes mapping possible and by the application of simple scientific and astronomical rules, it becomes simple in the extreme to ascertain what rotates about what.
This stems from the fact that science teaching in most schools doesn't go far enough for people to understand Einstein's theories themselves. People are reliant on others - often with their own agenda - providing disservice and deliberate misinformation to the public.
Anonymous
London, UK
December 26, 2007
Chronicles 16:30
I don't understand why there should be aproblem at all for 2 reasons 1. science only makes hypotheses ,and 2. with Einsteins theory of relativity it is impossible to prove which body is revolving around which.
p.s. Why the extreme conviction in disproving the Bible!
Anonymous
October 3, 2007
Chronicles 16:30
"Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved."

All this passage is telling me is that the earth is to last for a long time; it is not "to move" - go away or be destroyed.
when I think of something stable I think of something that doesn't change much with the passing of time. Life itself can be stable; one can stay in one place (not change, not develop). That doesn't mean that time doesn't go by and life doesn't expire.
So, we go back to what I just stated: The Bible is full of symbolism which can be interpreted to ones interest.
It is obvious that I don't read the same verse the way Stephen does, and that's fine, as long as we don't poke one-another's eyes out!
effie
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