When a team of scientists that researched embryonic development found that the embryo’s first brain activity begins at the 40th day of pregnancy, they had no idea that this discovery was already known to man for thousands of years, concealed in the parchments of the Torah scroll. Likewise, the scientists who investigated the process of formation of the continents had no idea that their momentous discovery was already known about 3,000 years ago – that the continents were once all connected.
•The globe does not remain still; it revolves around its axis.
•People live on both the upper side and lower side of the globe (meaning, on the entire circumference of the globe).
•All the people on the entire surface of the globe stand upright.
•When a portion of the world is in light, the other portion is in darkness.
•There are places where there is light for a long time and a very short night.
Today, all these statements have been shown to be entirely true.
This passage concludes by stating, “This secret was transmitted as a tradition to the masters of Torah wisdom.” The Torah scholars did not achieve this wisdom through reasoning and analysis; rather, it was a tradition transmitted from generation to generation, since the time Moshe received the Torah at Sinai.
Accordingly, if a piece of fish with scales but without fins was placed on a plate before us, according to the rules we have seen, we would have to decline eating it. However, since we have not seen the entire fish, the possibility exists that the piece was taken from a fish that had fins, but they were cut off and thrown away. Here, the Mishnah (Oral Law) comes to our aid