Re: Judaism and extra-terrestrial life
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 13:02:26 -0500 (EST)

Russell Jay Hendel, Ph.d, ASA, wrote:
<< Thus it seems reasonable that life evolves in the same form on every
planet and the Torah comes after its "prerequisites"for its being written.>>

Even if the Rand survey mentioned turns out to be true, there is a big
difference between life and mankind created in the divine image. The Torah
itself tells of various life in space:
-Angels etc. -Perhaps the souls of the yet to be born or dead.
-Some consider water and planets to have a life force as much as a plant.
Of course the creator and sustainer of heaven, earth and nature himself

When or under what conditions the Torah was revealed to this world is in
dispute, see Mirrors of Eternity by R Nachman Cohen. When the Torah says
"not in the Heavens..." is it precluding Hashem from making another race
that Torah would be relevant for? Moshe appears to argue with success that
Torah is uniquely relevant to mankind who have free will to be aware of
Hashem, and the capacity to fullfill the 613 mitzvot. Also there is no
proven evidence that anything has independently evolved to a higher
developed state past the capacity Hashem gave it to begin with.