Our Stars, Ourselves
Comment of the Week
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There is a discussion in the Talmud over who should witness the new moon (essential for setting the dates of Jewish holy days). Should the witnesses be restricted to Jewish astronomers or should they include Arab astronomers? The rabbis conclude that they should rely on Arab astronomers because they were better than the Jewish ones and truth trumps other concerns. Truth, in Judaism, is the goal of a religious quest. In fact, the phrase “God is Truth” recurs in our sacred literature.
In recognition of the Rabbi’s interest in truth, he will receive a copy of Joseph Telushkin’s biography and meditation on Hillel, another Jewish scholar whose quest for truth led to openness.