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Rashi to Gen. 7:14, citing Chullin 139b (bottom), points out that locusts are included in the phrase צפור כל כנף, "birds of every kind of wing." (To be precise, the Gemara there explains that צפור means kosher birds, and כל כנף means non-kosher birds plus locusts. Incidentally, then, that also indicates that the description in Gen. 1:22 of G-d creating עוף ...


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According to Devarim 11:13-14 it is a reward from god: יג. וְהָיָה אִם שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל מִצְו‍ֹתַי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם לְאַהֲבָה אֶת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וּלְעָבְדוֹ בְּכָל לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל נַפְשְׁכֶם: יד. וְנָתַתִּי מְטַר אַרְצְכֶם בְּעִתּוֹ יוֹרֶה וּמַלְקוֹשׁ וְאָסַפְתָּ דְגָנֶךָ וְתִירשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ: (Artscroll) ...


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After I asked the question, an answer occurred to me when I remembered that Rashi on a later posuk makes a calculation to show that Noach's ark was submerged 11 amos (cubits) in the water. Why does Rashi tell us this bit of seemingly trivial information? To answer our question: Hashem allowed Noach and everything in the ark to escape the waters of ...


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Ramban 8:5 on the passuk "And the waters slowly receded until the tenth month": והנראה לדעתי בשוט התיבה, כי הייתה מפני היות המים נובעים מן התהומות, והיותם עוד רותחים כדברי רבותינו, כי בעבור כן תלך על פני המים. ואם לא מפני זה הייתה נטבעת בכבדותה כי רבים אשר בתוכה, והמאכל והמשקה היה הרבה מאד. וכאשר שככו המים מנביעתם, או מרתיחתם גם כן, וחסרו ברוח, מיד נכנסה ...


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It seems that according to Rav Saadiah Gaon as well as Rambam, an old earth is possible. As is the existence of human beings prior to the date Adam was created according to Torah. Another approach is to look at people like Dr Schroder in Genesis and the Big-Bang who argue that as space-time expands from the point of view of a person standing one earth in ...


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The question seems to be bothered by the issue that archeological records show that people were around much more than 6000 years ago while the genealogy in the Bible would place Adam, the first man, more recently. There are many ways of addressing this. Just as the six days can be explained as not literally being six days, one can explain that the first ...



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