The inspiration of a neutrino

By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
October 4, 2011

It seems amazing to me that there are some who are taking great glee in knocking the possible failures of Albert Einstein. The failure is still very much in doubt and I admit that regardless of the outcome, my grasp of Physics was always tenuous at best, that being my weakest school subject. So please do correct my understandings, most cribbed from others with knowledge but do not expect me to comprehend what you are going on about.

What I have learnt is that there are these things called ‘neutrinos.’ They sound more like an Italian breakfast cereal to me but the New Scientist states that neutrinos have, “a neutral charge and nearly zero mass and are the shadiest of particles, rarely interacting with ordinary matter and slipping through our bodies, buildings and the Earth at a rate of trillions per second.” Only very occasionally do they bump into an atom and give off a signal so that we know that they are there...

...As we said lechayyim – to life – on Rosh Hashanah, so I hope that we will also do so as we face adversity. We know that Jewish tradition has taught us to praise God in difficult, sad times as well as upon joyous occasions. In doing so, we express our hope that, despite sometimes not being able to comprehend what or why something has occurred or how one might progress from the moment the future will allow us in.

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