Sometime, someplace, somebody is trying to find solutions . . .
. . . in a thirteenth-century castle
. . . on a educate to a focus camp
. . . in a brand new York urban apartment
Hidden in the binding of an historical textual content that has been handed down in the course of the a while lies the reply to 1 of the heart’s everlasting questions. while the textual content falls into the fingers of Rabbi Kalman Stern, he has no concept that his lonely lifetime of highbrow ambitions is set to alter as soon as he opens the ebook. quickly later on, he meets astronomer Isabel Benveniste, a lady of technology who stirs his soul as no lady has for a few years. yet Kalman has a lot to profit prior to he can release his center and enable real love into his lifestyles. the foremost lies within the mysterious record he unearths contained in the Zohar, the grasp textual content of the Kabbalah.
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Besides the fact that, in mild of different wavelengths and a superb images . . . desktop directions? What do you name it? ” • 22 lawrence kushner “A portraits application? ” “Jah, a pix software. it's all very scientiﬁc. They examine the web page with the photographs they took less than ultraviolet gentle, and occasionally they could learn what was there. ” “And the place will we get a few ultraviolet gentle? ” “Rivkin will recognize this type of factor. go away me the web page and that i will exhibit it to him. ” Kalman considered all issues he had erased and deleted over the process his lifestyles. He was once relieved that technicians of ultraviolet gentle weren't broadly to be had. B O S TON The ﬁrst time Kalman really observed one other international was once again in 1965, while he went on a ﬁeld journey in Mr. Arnold Smolens’s ninth-grade technological know-how category. many of the young children within the type have been extra fascinated about being at the roof of a Harvard collage construction at evening than astronomy and horsed round. They ﬁled in the course of the giant steel doorway and out into the crisp November night. ahead of them stood the gray-domed observatory. As they assembled within, Mr. Smolens’s graduate pupil good friend gave a bit speech approximately nocturnal eyesight, whereupon he switched off the white incandescent bulbs and became on wire-caged pink ones. Kalman used to be spellbound. “This is a refractor telescope. It used to be inbuilt 1912 by means of Alvan Clark and Sons with a nine-inch goal lens,” acknowledged Mr. kabbalah 23 • Smolens. Then he picked up a steel field with 3 huge buttons hooked up to a thick black electrical cable. He pressed the ground one. (Kalman nonetheless remembered that, after greater than 3 many years. ) there has been a noisy kerchunk and the whine of an electrical motor, observed by means of the faint odor of ozone as a vertical slit within the roof slowly flooring open, revealing a vertical slice of the evening sky. Then Mr. Smolens pressed one other button, and the dome with its slice of sky started to rotate. “There, see it, Arnold? ” whispered the grad scholar, lining up the lengthy brass tube with the outlet within the roof. Smolens nodded. “Switch at the tracker. ” “What’s a tracker? ” requested Kalman. “Compensates for the earth’s rotation—keeps the scope aimed toward an analogous factor. ” the 2 males maneuvered a wood platform lower than the telescope, and the grad pupil went to paintings, ﬁrst with the recognizing scope after which with the ﬁne-focus mechanism. “Okay, young ones, hear up,” acknowledged Smolens. “Everyone will get a flip. simply be cautious; even the strain of your eye in this eyepiece right here can break the focal point. And no matter what you do, don’t bump the telescope itself. ” Kalman used to be 10th in line. He got rid of his glasses and punctiliously reduced his eye to the lens. yet all he may possibly see used to be a black circle strewn with fuzzy white dots and a miles greater one close to the heart with what gave the impression of horns. “I imagine it’s out of concentration, Mr. S. ” the trainer took Kalman’s hand within the darkness, lightly directing it to a small knob. Its mechanism used to be gentle, lubri- • 24 lawrence kushner cated. lower than 1 / 4 flip, and: “Unbelievable! ” They weren’t horns; they have been the earrings of Saturn!