Maccabee's Wars

A venting rage against the ills of our society with some hopeful observations.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ain Chadash Tachas Hashamesh, Part Deux

Friday Night I was invited out and one of the other guests was a former Paleontologist. No, it wasn’t David Schwimmer. We were discussing the age of the world. ( Please don’t ban this blog, just yet.)

He noted something of minor interest. I had mentioned that the Tiferes Yisroel in a Drasha printed in the back of early editions of the Yachin and Boaz Mishnayos, but now deleted from new editions, stated that according to Kabbalah we are in the third reincarnation of the earth. Further according to scientific data at that time, in the 19th century, there was a theory that if you dig into the earth you will find three layers accounting for prehistoric times.

The Paleontologist suggested that this theory is no longer extant.

However, the current scientific evidence accounts for six eras, which "coincidentally" may account for the 6 days of creation.

Interestingly enough, there are minority opinions which discount the age of the earth as being 5,766 years. Rather those years correspond to the age of modern man, being Homo sapien sapien, which dates back approximately 10.000 years according to current scientific data. Further, the Torah begins with Adam Harishon because he is the first man and Chavah is the first woman who Hashem communicates with and we all come from them.

Unfortunately, as the case may be today, whereby no Gadol is really willing to publicly expound on this issue, possibly because of the apprehension that there could be all kinds of repercussions, the same may be said to some extent regarding the more superior Gadolim of the past.

Oh well, just another thought provoking Shabbos meal in Katamon.