The Rabbi’s Story



It’s a High School class of about fifteen boys and girls.  The Rabbi says, “Today we’re going to examine some of the creation stories in the Torah, and specifically Genesis.”

“The stories of Adam and Eve and of Noah and the Ark are metaphors.  They represent events that happened, but not in the way they are presented.”

“Let’s start with Adam and Eve. They are living in Eden. They disobey Hashem, and they get kicked out. What really happened?  Eden was a planet between Mars and Jupiter. Today, all that is left is an asteroid field – the remains of what was once the planet Eden.  Adam and Eve represent mankind, and what happened is that they, through technological advancement, blew it up.”

“So mankind relocated to Mars.”

“This is the Noah and the Ark story.  On Mars mankind destroyed the atmosphere. This happened, as it happened on Eden, over many thousands of years.  Once again mankind had to relocate and this is how we ended up on Earth.”

“The Ark, the space ship that brought us from Mars,  is still with us. Most nights you can see her, as she orbits the Earth.  Today we call her the Moon.”

Let’s look at some facts about the Moon:

  1. The moon’s rotation aligns almost perfectly with its rotation around the Earth, we only ever see one side of it that is the near side. The far side remains hidden. It is one of the most surprising facts about Moon that you don’t know. This is unique to our Moon. None of the other moons around the other planets in our solar system behave this way. But, artificial satellites also do this,
  2. The moon doesn’t orbit around Earth’s equator, like many other planets’ moons. It’s inclined 20-30°.
  3.  Large lunar craters, generally assumed to be formed from meteor impact, are generally too shallow and have flat or even convex bottoms. They hypothesized that small meteors are making a cup-shaped depression in the rocky surface of the moon while the larger meteors are drilling through a rocky layer and hitting an armored hull underneath. The fact is that no craters are more than 144 feet deep anywhere on the moon.
  4. Between 1969 and 1977, seismometers installed on the Moon by the Apollo missions recorded moonquakes. The Moon was described as “ringing like a bell” during some of those quakes, specifically the shallow ones. This phrase was brought to popular attention in March 1970 in an article in Popular Science. When Apollo 12 deliberately crashed the Ascent Stage of its Lunar Module onto the Moon’s surface, NASA reported that the Moon rang like a bell for almost an hour, leading to arguments that it must be hollow like a bell.
  5. There are other things as well. See for more information.

“Why was this space ship left in orbit?  Why wasn’t it sent into the sun, like the spaceships in the Science Fiction TV series conclusion of Battlestar Galactica?  There are a number of things the moon does for the Earth, including slowing down it’s rotation, regulating the tides and others.  My guess was that when man kind arrived here, they found that the Earth was not quite inhabitable, and found that their spaceships parking spot in orbit made things a lot better.”

“What’s my point?  “Everything has happened before, and it will happen again.”  Man made climate change is destroying our home at an alarming rate. We’re doing it again. Only this time, where will we go?”