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Muons are sub-atomic particles that are created in space when cosmic rays collide with particles from earth. They are unique in that when they fall to earth they can penetrate many meters into rock before being absorbed or dissipating.

National Laboratory researchers in Los Alamos have developed a technique called muon-scattering tomography, which uses muons to detect materials hidden behind concrete walls or natural barriers. The first to use muons for detection purposes was the physicist Luis Alvarez, who used muon-tracking technology to investigate the interior of the Egyptian pyramids. Japanese researchers use muons to receive data from deep inside volcanoes, to have early warning of when they may be about to explode. In the United States, muon trackers are used to detect bombs and radioactive materials hidden in underground bunkers.

We all know that even the most advanced modern technology does not come close to the sophistication of a living biological organism. Even the simplest bacteria consist of an amazingly complex array of molecules that interact in wondrous ways, which can hardly be replicated by the most advanced computers. So too in the field of vision. While our various tools such as X-ray, MRI or muon trackers can help extend the range of our vision, nothing can match the complexity of the human eye. The brain, retina and pupils interact in marvelous ways to give us our field of vision, and we are only beginning to unravel the full mysteries of human vision.

In Torah sources there have been descriptions of rare individuals blessed with holy vision, who were able to see far beyond normal human capacity. As a general rule, prophets were called “seers.” A prime example was King Saul, who went to the seer, Samuel the Prophet, to locate his father’s lost donkeys.

Closer to our time we have many stories of the Baal Shem Tov, who was able to locate missing people with his holy vision. The book of Zohar explains that these righteous men use a special type of light, much more powerful than the rays of the sun. It is called “hidden light,” which was separated during the six days of creation and reserved for the righteous. Through studying Torah and keeping mitzvot in purity, the righteous merit to be exposed to this holy light which gives them supernaturally expanded vision.

In our generation, the Rebbe informed us with his penetrating vision that we have already passed through the final stages of exile and we are ready for Redemption. We only need to add in acts of goodness and kindness to be ready to behold the great light of Moshiach, with our physical eyes.


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