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Unified Field Theory… and Practice

Albert Einstein had a lifelong quest – to develop a unified field theory – the theory that would describe as a single field gravity and electromagnetism (just as Maxwell unified electric and magnetic fields in a single electromagnetic field). Alas, Einstein did not succeed in this quest. Today, the goal is even more ambitious – to unify all four known fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak forces in a single model, the Theory of Everything. If the hypothetical fifth force will be confirmed, it will also need to be included in the Theory of Everything. While theoretical physicists around the world are busy working our various approaches to such Theory of Everything (which include inter alia string theory, loop quantum gravity, etc.), Jews around the world will be practicing this unification during [...]

Menorah

Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him: "When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the menorah." (Num. 8:1) In the Torah portion Behaalotecha (Num. 8:1), Aaron is commanded to light the Menorah so that three light on the right and three lights on the left are directed towards the middle light. On the first blush, it appears to be a very strange commandment. Why would lights on the right and on the left need to be directed towards the center light? What is the significance of that? It seems to me that this unusual arrangement hints at fundamental structure of our world. Sefer Yetzirah states that this world is created in three domains – Olam (“World” – meaning space), Shanah (“Year” – meaning time) and Nefesh (“Soul” [...]

Paradox of the Red Heifer

Chukat In the previous post, Tumah and Taharah, we discussed the following ideas: Tumah (impurity) and taharah (purity) are strictly spiritual concepts; Spiritual concepts are points in a conceptual space, which is called in mathematics a "fiber bundle" on the fifth "moral" dimension defined in Sefer Yetzira (in addition to four dimensions of spacetime); Tumah and taharah are mirror reflections of each other as if tumah was an "antiparticle" of taharah; Life is viewed as the soul's existence within the body, and, conversely, the soul's separation from the body causes cessation of life; Tumah is usually associated with death or diminution of life. The wisest of all man, King Salomon, could not fathom the paradox of Parah Adumah (the Red Heifer): Why does the person who administers the ritual of purification become tomei (spiritually impure) himself? It [...]