Q. I have always wondered this and my Jewish Studies teachers always say that it’s too complicated. For years we have had scientific facts that Dinosaurs once roamed the Earth but the Torah never mentions this. Does the Torah discreetly mention this or do we as Jews not believe that Dinosaurs ever existed? [Jessica aged 13]

A. There is a reference in the Torah (Bereishit/Genesis 1:21) to G-d creating ‘taninim gedolim’ which can be translated as ‘giant reptiles’ or ‘sea monsters’ on the fifth day of creation.  This is actually the definition of the word ‘dinosaur’ so yes, dinosaurs did once roam the earth, we don’t need to believe it because we find it in the Torah. [Children's Rabbi]

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