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ברא doesn't necessarily mean creation ex nihilo. See Iben-Ezra on Gen 1:1: "בָּרָא" — רובי המפרשים אמרו שהבריאה להוציא יש מאין, וכן "אִם בְּרִיאָה יִבְרָא ה'" (במדבר טז ל). והנה שכחו "וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת הַתַּנִּינִם" (בראשית א כא), ושלושה בפסוק אחד: "וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת הָאָדָם" (בראשית א כז), "וּבוֹרֵא חֹשֶׁךְ" (ישעיהו מה ז), שהוא היפוך האור, ...


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The Rambam understands these verses to not be referring to a physical location. In Moreh Nevochim 2:30, the Rambam writes (קאפח translation): וממה שראוי שתדע אמרם ויקח ה' אלקים את האדם עלה אותו ויניחנו בגן עדן הניח אותו לא עשו פסוק זה ללקיחתו ממקום והנחתו במקום אלא הרמת מעלה מציאותו בנמצאים הללו ההוים הנפסדים והנחתו במצב מסויים And it is fitting to ...


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Firmament is a weird word that you basically only see in old bibles in this passage. We understand that there were "waters" and the "firmament" was a separation introduced to make two sections of "water." Your midrash rabbah says that this separating layer became the world but was made from the "waters" I put "waters" in quotation marks because these early ...


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This comes from the Ohr HaChaim commentary to כי ששת ימים עשה ה' את השמים ואת הארץ (Shemos 31:17). Ohr HaChaim notes that the verse does not say בששת ימים, in six days, but rather ששת ימים, six days. Thus the verse reads "Six days Hashem created the world" meaning Hashem created it for a six day period, at the end of which it is renewed through the next ...


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I agree with the answer Daniel gave, but I would clarify things slightly differently. 1) Orthodox Judaism believes that the Torah is the literal Word of G-d. This is one of the Thirteen Principles of Faith as brought down by Maimonides: "We do not know exactly how the Torah was transmitted to Moses. But when it was transmitted, Moses merely wrote it ...


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Either what was posted on that forum is about half-correct, or your understanding of what was said was about half-correct. Traditional Judaism does believe that "[H]oly texts are the revealed word of the divine and thus cannot ever be contradicted by modern research, philosophy or belief systems." It is not true "[t]hat it is understood that the scripture ...



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