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The Jewish year is figured by adding up the generations since Adam. On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, upon blowing the shofar, the following sentence is said: "Hayom Harat Olam ― today is the birthday of the world." This verse might imply that Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the universe. Rosh Hashanah commemorate the creation of the Neshama, the soul of human life.

Additionally, there are six days leading up to the creation to Adam. We start counting our 5700-plus years from the creation of the soul of Adam.

" Now, in 1959, astronomy was popular, but cosmology ― the deep physics of understanding the universe ― was just developing.

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When we add up the generations of the Bible, we come to 5700-plus years. God could have put the fossils in the ground and juggled the light arriving from distant galaxies to make the world appear to be billions of years old. God being infinite could have made the world that way. In trying to resolve this apparent conflict, it's interesting to look historically at trends in knowledge, because absolute proofs are not forthcoming.

Whereas, data from the Hubble telescope or from the land based telescopes in Hawaii, indicate the age at about 15 billion years. There is another possible approach that also agrees with the ancient commentators’ description of God and nature. But what is available is to look at how science has changed its picture of the world, relative to the unchanging picture of the Torah.

The apples of gold are the secrets held within the silver dish of the Torah Text.

Thousands of years ago we learned that there are subtleties in the Text that expand the meaning way beyond its simple reading. Natural History and Human History There are early Jewish sources that tell us that the Bible’s calendar is in two-parts (even predating Leviticus Rabba which goes back almost 1500 years and says it explicitly).

Now, again, put yourself into the mindset of 1500 years ago, the time of the Talmud. You think that 1500 years ago they thought that God couldn't make it all in 6 days? We have a problem today with cosmology and scientific data.

But 1500 years ago, what's the problem with 6 days for an infinitely powerful God? So when the Sages excluded these six days from the calendar, and said that the entire text is parable, it wasn't because they were trying to apologize away what they'd seen in the local museum. The fact is that a close reading of the text makes it clear that there's information hidden and folded into layers below the surface.Universe with a Beginning In 1959, a survey was taken of leading American scientists.Among the many questions asked was, "What is your concept of the age of the universe?We have a clock that begins with Adam, and the six days are separate from this clock. That might seem like a modern rationalization, if it were not for the fact that Talmudic commentaries 1500 years ago, brings this information.In the Midrash (Vayikra Rabba 29:1), an expansion of the Talmud, all the Sages agree that Rosh Hashanah commemorates the soul of Adam, and that the Six Days of Genesis are separate. Because time is described differently in those Six Days of Genesis.The idea of looking for a deeper meaning in Torah is no different than looking for deeper meaning in science.

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