Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Why the Earth is Round

From Compassion for Humanity in the Jewish Tradition, p. 24

God transcends and encompasses the universe; at the same time, God imbues the universe with life. In truth, everything that exists possesses the ability to recognize the Creator according to its nature and spiritual level: living beings (whether or not they possess the faculty of speech), vegetation, even inanimate objects. Every creature longs for God, and God cares for every creature. Therefore, God made the earth a sphere, to teach us that all the earth's inhabitants should feel equally close to Him (Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar, Ohr HaChaim, Genesis 2: 1).

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