Hashem in a Parallel Universe

It has been scientifically proven that parallel universes exist.

First off, what are parallel universes?

According to Wikipedia, “a parallel universe, also known as an alternate universe or alternate reality, is a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one’s own.” 

This means that there could be an infinite number of me and an infinite number of all of you that exist in different parallel universes at the same time.

In one alternate reality, the Holocaust never happened.

In another one, Has Ve Shalom, Hitler won.

In another universe, Trump is homeless, and his family never became rich.

The point that I’m trying to make is that: if parallel universes exist, according to science, it means that every decision or choice we even think about making will be decided and made either here or in another universe. 

I’d like to connect this to Judaism with an open mind.

There are two subjects I want to discuss. 

The first one is that of choices.

In Judaism, and actually I’m sure in every other religion, we aim to make the right choices. 

We desire to choose good over bad. 

However, in the context of parallel universes, it seems to be pretty much settled that, when faced with a decision, even if there is a slight possibility you will freely choose one way, the opposite decision will be made in another universe. 

So, let’s connect that to Judaism. 

Let’s say I’m thinking to myself, “I really want to go to this party, but it’s Shabbat.  Maybe I’ll just go this time.”

I ask my friend for advice, and somehow she convinces me not to go to the party. 

I feel great and empowered because I haven’t broken “a religious rule.”

However, simultaneously, in an alternate reality, the same thing happens and my friend happens to be busy, so I end up going to that party and, “breaking the Shabbat.” 

The question to be asked is this, “If both Judaism and parallel universes exist, how do I have a choice?”

Even in a religious perspective, God already knows what you are supposedly going to choose. 

Yet, in that moment, as an individual, you have a choice. 

Even if we live in a parallel universe, I guess you still have a choice, if you think about it, as an individual.

In a way, parallel universes prove that the Torah is right by showing how, even if things are predestined to happen, we still have the free will to choose at that moment. 

God knew what you were going to choose, but you still possess the freedom to make your own decisions.

Still, the truth of the matter is, the choice will be made here or in another universe one way or the other. 

Speaking of God, the Almighty is another thing I find interesting in all this (yes, if you were wondering, I do believe in God very much.) 

If science is right, and we live in a parallel universe where there is an infinity of everything, does that mean that there is an infinity of Gods as well?

That would only make sense if I think about it on a “logical level.” 

I mean, what is God?

To me, God is a higher energy that is everywhere, and that is responsible for creating everything. 

So, is there an infinite amount or number of that? 

Even though, according to Judaism, there is only one God? 

Does that mean that every universe has their own “personal God?”

Does that mean that if I worship any of those other universe’s Gods, I am practicing idolatry?

Or maybe parallel universes just don’t exist at all? 

The only other thing that I can think of is that it’s just totally beyond our minds to grasp. 

About the Author
Anat Ghelber was born in Israel and moved to Texas when she was 13. She experienced anti-Semitism in public schools there. She moved to New York City when she was 20, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She started submitting articles to the Jewish Voice two years ago. In her free time enjoys writing poems. She's also a certified Yoga teacher with 200 hours of training who teaches in a donation-based studio called Yoga to the People in New York City.
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