Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wise Wizards Weave Worlds – Wisdom of the Rabbi III

We have discussed the Wisdom of the Rabbi on this blog over here and here. Another great Chiddush I heard from one of my mentors is the very definition of the word Chiddush. A Chiddush, said my Rebbe, is something that you kick yourself that you didn’t think of it yourself.

The world does not seem to understand the tenacity in which the Chareidim protect the honor of grave sites. The Europeans have laws allowing for removal of any grave aged 75 years or more. Those who believe in no after-life are much more likely to be uncaring about grave preservation. They also primarily opt for cremation.

Knowing that Hashem works with his miracles through nature, It is just quite possible that Techiyas Hameisim will be performed through some means of DNA cloning. Perhaps that is a reason why we must be so careful with burial and preservation of cemeteries.

From Wikipedia:
Cloning may become a viable tool for reviving extinct species. In January 2009, scientists from the Centre of Food Technology and Research of Aragon, in Zaragoza, northern Spain announced the cloning of the Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, which was officially declared extinct in 2000. Using DNA from skin samples kept in liquid nitrogen the scientists managed to clone the Ibex from domestic goat egg-cells. The newborn ibex died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. However, it is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned, and may open doors for saving endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue. It has also renewed interest in the possibility that in the future it will be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.

As for those who lost their life in airplane disasters or WWW II furnaces, I have no answer. Please offer yours in the comments section.


  1. You posit a postulate that engenders a question and then claim you have no answer.

    Perhaps your premise is wrong and HaShem will NOT work the miracle of tekhiyas Hameism through cloning. היד ה' תקצר? Elisha and Eliyahu did not appear to need cloning to work their miracles of resurrection..

  2. Correct Bray. Just some food for thought.

  3. This reminds me of the scientists who say we don't need G-d, we can create life in the laboratory. They put together all the ingredients and are successful. G-d says "I made those ingredients. Let's see you do it without them!"

    When the day of all days comes, G-d will manage quite nicely without anyone's help.

  4. Yet when the miracle of the endless flow of oil was performed, it was processed using the existing oil. V'DAL.

  5. Perhaps we need a deity to find the ashes to recreate the bodies.


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