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    zahavasdad
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    Share you stories of Gedolim and the Moon Launch

    Rav Pelkovic was held a seat until the last minute of the moon landing, He then proceeded to go back to his gemorah seemingly uninterested in the moon landing and more interested in the Daf

    Rav Yaakov Kammentsky watched intensely because he wanted to know if the Rambam was incorrect about the moon

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    BneiBarakObama
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    What did the rambam say about the moon?

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    Gadolhadorah
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    He made statements about the “rotation” of the Sun and the moon relative to the earth and the size of the moon relative to the sun and earth which were not accurate by today’ standards.

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    Avi K
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    ZD, the big question is what to do about Kiddush Levana on the Moon. When is Shabbat?

    BTW, when Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s son-in-law came back from the US RSZ excitedly asked if he had been in a skyscraper. He had a theory that if one twin was born on the ground floor and another on the top floor around sunset the one born first might be bar mitzva second.

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    BneiBarakObama
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    Gadol Hadorah,And what does that have to with the actual moon landing?

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    Doing my best
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    Rav Yaakov Kammentsky actually explained the RAMBAM that he was just writing what the philosophers of the time believed.

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    laskern
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    Look in the Sefer Tiferes Yonathan on the Dor Hafloga that they built the tower where the air is light, to escape to the moon through a spaceship, as it is known that the moon is a place of residence.

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    Doing my best
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    “What did the rambam say about the moon?”
    The RAMBAM held that the celestial bodies, the moon included, have no physical bodies and are essentially big orbs of light floating in space.
    Rav Yaakov Kammentsky actually explained the RAMBAM that he was just writing what the philosophers of the time believed.
    (some of my original post apparently did not go through.)

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    Redleg
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    “He made statements about the “rotation” of the Sun and the moon relative to the earth and the size of the moon relative to the sun and earth which were not accurate by today’ standards.”

    His statements were not accurate, period. As was noted, the RAMBAM was simply repeating the prevalent understanding in his time.
    Referring to “today’s standard” implies that, perhaps sometime in the future, it may be discovered that the universe really is geocentric which, of course, would be nonsense.

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    BneiBarakObama
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    @doingmybest. I didnt see that statement in mada. Did i perhaps miss something or did you see it in perush hamishnayos or moreh nevuchim?

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    MrSarahLevine613
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    R. N. Kamenetsky ztzl in a speech that can be found on line — at the very beginning — tells a story about his father and the moon landing.

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