Re: Judaism and extra-terrestrial life

Yehoshua Kahan (
Sun, 02 Feb 1997 03:10:43 EST

Elliot Brandwein said:
<< The universe was not created for any other creature besides
humans. It is as unthinkable that any alien life would have any more
of a Torah than a cow has on Earth. Nor would this alien have any
more Bechira (free will) or Neshama (soul) than an animal. >>

Why not? What would stop Hashem, if He wanted, from making more
than one physical species capable of coming close to Him through His
Torah, on different physical planets? I'm not saying He necessarily
*did*, but why would it be "unthinkable" that He *might*?

Yehoshua Kahan