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Is there any reason that we couldn't believe in life on another planet somewhere? Is there any source that indicates to the contrary?

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Highly related:judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9197 –  Fred Jul 24 at 23:54
I realize you are asking for proof of negation, but I will just mention that in the book Thinking aloud, Rav Soloveitchik is recorded as saying alien life is definitely possible and that there may even be an Am Hanivchor for that planet! –  user6591 Jul 25 at 1:58
@Fred My question could really be taken as a subset of that question. But I don't think it's a dupe. –  YeZ Jul 25 at 3:09
Why doesn't the reference to the Sefer HaIkkarim stated there satisfy this question? –  Yishai Jul 25 at 13:21
I believe the Lubovitcher Rebbe said that bieng that Torah does not say otherwise it is certainly possible. But that there definatly is no Am Hanivchor for that planet. –  mroll Jul 25 at 13:55

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The Sefer Hikrim brings his rebbe which held that there are no aliens. However the Sefer Hikrim himself argues and holds that there are alians. He brings a proof from the possuk in Shoftim which says "oro mroz" ,which the gamera in Moed Katan {Rashi brings this} says roz is a star, and the passuk concludes "arur yoshveha" cursed are its inhabitants,clearly there is some form of life in space.

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Do you know where in Sefer HaIkkrim this is said? –  Yishai Aug 12 at 23:31
Do we have any reason to think י.ש.ב. must apply to live things? –  Double AA Aug 13 at 0:07
More important (to me as the OP) is did his Rebbe have any source or indication? –  YeZ Aug 13 at 0:38

To say that there cannot be other creations or life existing elsewhere in the universe would be placing a limitation on Hashem, which would be kefira (heresy).

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The question isn't about whether there could be aliens. It's about whether we can believe that there are aliens. Of course God could create aliens just like he could create saber-tooth chickens –  Daniel Sep 22 at 22:43
are you suggesting if the possibility of life existing elsewhere became a reality there might be a prohibition against believing they exist? your comment makes no sense at all –  Dude Sep 24 at 0:03
The question is about believing that aliens exist right now. Not that they could exist at some unknown time in the future. –  Daniel Sep 24 at 0:06
my answer remains the same and is relevant. it will be more apparent when you stop getting hung up on using the word "belief" –  Dude Sep 29 at 2:22
No, it's not relevant. It's a question of what could be vs. what is. You say that God can create aliens. I agree. But maybe he didn't create aliens even though he could –  Daniel Sep 29 at 19:29

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