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    Yehudah

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    Chumash w/Rashi

    Post  Yehudah on Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:28 pm

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    Brayshis bara elochim ays hashamayim vays haaretz

    Brayshis (in the beginning) bara (of creation) elochim (G-d) ays hashamayim (the heavens) vays haaretz (and the earth).

    The words brayshis bara translate to "in the beginning of creation". It would appear that G-d created the world first - but without a blue print? Why wouldn't G-d have either illuded to or written something that starts off with the Torah itself? It's obvious to us that the Torah is the blueprint of the world. There are a lot of commentaries on this, Rashi being the main one. So Rashi explains that this part of the narrative explain that G-d is the Soverign of the entire universe. So the idea of the blueprint is midrash, but not mentioned by Rashi.

    It's also interesting to note that the earth is 3/4's water, and the heavens are all water.

    The words ays and vays seem superflous because the word "the" is cover with the prefix "ha" in both shamayim and aretz. The word ays is kind of an amplifier. It points to specific ideas or words, G-d wants you to see and fully understand that He created the Heavens and the Earth (nobody else did that, and the heavens and the earth are a generality for everything you see).


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