In his introduction to Modern Kabbalah, “God, Sex and Kabbalah”, Rabbi Allen S. Maller devoted an entire chapter to Extra Terrestrial Intelligent Life as evidence of God's creation. In 1983 when the book was published, there was no evidence at all that any other stars had planetary systems. Twenty eight years later astronomers have already discovered over 1,500 planets.
This supports Rabbi Maller’s assertion, based on Kabbalistic teachings, that God didn’t create a universe with millions of billions of stars and leave it devoid of intelligent, spiritually aware lifeforms, with the only one exception being on planet Earth. Earth size planets at the right distance to support carbon based life will be discovered in the next few years according to Rabbi Maller. The rabbi states that many astrophysicists now think that most stars have planetary systems.
A recent report in Science News Web edition : September 13th, 2011 by Nadia Drake explains that:
“Planet hunters have unlocked a treasure chest of alien worlds to reveal more than 50 newly discovered planets, including at least 16 not much bigger than Earth and one a 3.6-Earth-mass planet, parked just inside its star’s life-friendly zone. “We can say that most sun like stars have planets, and most of them have low-mass planets,” says astronomer Francesco Pepe, a member of the Geneva Observatory.
An accompanying study that will appear in an upcoming issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics presents the team’s long-awaited characterization of its planetary population – and suggests that more than 50 percent of sun like stars sport a planet.” When Rabbi Maller's book on Kabbalah was published the rabbi, using an analysis by Dr. Frank Drake, used the very conservative estimated that only 10% of stars had planetary systems. Now Dr. Pepe estimates over 50% have solar systems.
“We can see that most stars have planetary systems, probably like our own,” says astronomer Debra Fischer of Yale University. The new information suggests that lighter planets are more common in extrasolar systems than heavier Jupiter-like ones. While surveys haven’t detected any Earth-massed planets yet, they’re getting close. As instruments become more precise and planet-finding missions like Kepler continue to stare at stars, finding Earth-like planets in life-friendly orbits looms. Between what Kepler is doing and these Doppler surveys, we’re really on the threshold of seeing a whole population of planets in this habitable zone.”
Within a decade, astronomers hope to aim telescopes like the planned European Extremely Large Telescope at target exoplanets to spot the presence of oxygen or other bio-markers in their atmospheres. Right now, there are no instruments capable of doing this – but there will be and an important part of Rabbi Maller’s Kabbalah based assertion will be vindicated. Rabbi Maller’s web site is rabbimaller.com