Jewplexed: Pluto—A Jewish Kind of Place
Doing its own orbital horah out there around 3 billion miles from Earth, Pluto, the dwarf planet, is a very Jewish place.
Doing its own orbital horah out there around 3 billion miles from Earth, Pluto, the dwarf planet, is a very Jewish place. Not that Chabad plans on opening a shul there anytime soon, but considering its size, journey and status, Pluto has a lot in common with the Jewish People.
First, there was the humiliation. Some people are always trying to cut us down to size, and in 2006, Pluto, when the planet of my youth was downsized to a mere dwarf planet, could you blame me for feeling bad?
Like some Spanish king, the scientific authorities suddenly changed the rules, passed a decree and excluded Pluto from the solar system, how could we not help but identify?
Then, there is Pluto’s path through space. As for Jews, it’s different. Out of whack with the ecliptic, or plane of travel of the bigger planets, Pluto in its 248 Earth-year orbit around the sun, travels in an elliptical orbit, around 17 degrees off the plane of the rest of the planets. Is it any surprise that many Jews as a tiny minority feel off the ecliptic too?
Now, after the New Horizons spacecraft did a flyby of my favorite ‘planet’ and phoned home with new pictures, we can see, like Israel after the Six Day War, how something small can assume a place of respect a little outside of the usual orbits.
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