When you’re on Earth, it’s difficult to get a good perspective of what it’s like on the moon.

Well, if you’re going to safely land a space vehicle on the moon, you need accurate information about how high the outcroppings are, so you can avoid them, and how deep the craters are, to see what kind of obstacle they actually present. So we sent up Lunar Orbiter.

With two sets of photos, taken of the same places we’d previously mapped, we were able to mathematically calculate how high the outcroppings were, and how deep the craters. Two sets, taken from different perspectives, allowed a three-dimensional map to be constructed. Without that, the human flight to the moon, the Apollo 11 landing, would have been too risky to undertake.

In our society, we always have conflicting forces acting on us. There’s the material and the spiritual, outcroppings and craters, each pulling in its own direction. When you look at the panoply of religious alternatives, it’s very difficult to thread your way through.

You need to get an additional perspective.

When the chassidic movement began, it gave Judaism that important additional perspective, allowing us to get a proper understanding of G‑d, ourselves, and our relationship with Him.

Without that deeper spiritual insight, you can’t gain perspective. You’ll never get a real picture of anything without seeing it from at least two directions.