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    Yehudah

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    Parashas Bereishis

    Post  Yehudah on Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:44 pm

    The end of the first part of the parsha ends: vyahi erev vyahi voker, yom echad - and there was evening and there was morning, one day.

    The end of the second part of the parsha ends: vyahi erev vyahi voker, yom sheni - and there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

    The loshon of the Torah for the first part of the parsha has an er of finality to it, yom echad - one day. While the loshon of the second part of the parsha says yom sheni - a second day. A second day, denoting continuance, sustainability, ...more to come if you will.

    Yom echad also shows us that G-d was alone. The loshon could have read the first day but it didn't, it reads one day. G-d spends the next several days creating dry land with vegetation, trees, fruit, the sun and moon, living creatures, and then mankind.

    G-d could have created it any way He wanted to. And because we as humans can't fathom the actuality of this part (especially) of the Torah, we are left to wonder why He couldn't have created everything in one day. Then yom echad would have had some real and not perceived finality to it.

    Just a thought.

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    Re: Parashas Bereishis

    Post  Arik on Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:50 pm

    I was just reading something in the Talmud ( Sanhedrin) in the Gemara, the Rabbis were discussing why HaShem made man last. So that man could not become arrogant and he could be reminded even the lowly gnat was created before him.


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    Re: Parashas Bereishis

    Post  Arik on Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:44 am


    Nachmonides has some interesting thoughts on the subject as well..

    Genesis 1:1 reports G-ds root decision to create something out of nothing; after that, life developed however the scientists describe it.

    Genesis 1:2, the very next line, describes primeval earth as tohu vavohu. Tohu, says Ramban, means astonishment, and vavohu means because there was something there astonishment, that is, because out of nothing came something but not yet anything in particular. G-d could have created everything in all its detail with a snap of the divine fingers, but G-d didnt, and therein lies the significance of Genesis 1:1. G-d created the possibility of being, an act that astonishes (Genesis 1:2) because aboriginal emptiness had become primal matter, ready to be shaped and reshaped ad infinitum.


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