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This is a belated Rosh haShana post, but I have been thinking about this question ever since the rabbi of the synagogue I was visiting raised it in his speech. How can we say "this day is the birthday of the world" and simultanously agree with science that the creation of the world was a process over billions of years? Then there was no specific day on which creation was finished, it just evolved continuously. We still of course did the whole liturgy with this passage in it and so on, but if you think about it, it is a bit schizophrenic.

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