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Even assuming the 7 days are symbolic/conceptual as opposed to literal does not mean that their commemoration cannot be with a literal 7th day. Indeed, if one loses track of the days of the week (e.g. at sea) he keeps every seventh day anyway. (There are many mitzvot where something concrete represents something conceptual, e.g. teffilin, sukka, korbanot, ...


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Hashem gives from Himself literally, just not totally. It is obviously impossible to grasp Hashem, but He does shine His glory. When someone is able to connect to Hashem, He is bestowing Himself in whatever amount. The Rambam says that perception of Hashem is the greatest enjoyment. This is what the Gemara refers to when it describes in Taanis 31 how the ...


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the idea is to make yourself into a receptable capable of receiving/appreciating His goodness. once heard in a lecture by Rabbi Becher, where the beastie boys offered a raffle whose first prize is one week backstage with them. he said this could be either heaven or hell depending on where you are holding


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Rav Ovadia Bartenura addresses your question regarding lighting (Brachos 9:2) s.v. ברוך שכוחו מלא עולם. Quoting Brachos 59a, he points to Tehilim 135:7 "He made lightning for the rain." Regarding Bereishis saying it hadn't rained yet, those events (including the subsequent rain) still happened on the sixth day (according to Rashi for sure). Regarding the ...


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Stars were created in the 6 days of creation. Bereishis 1:16 says: וַיַּעַשׂ אֱלֹקים אֶת שְׁנֵי הַמְּאֹרֹת הַגְּדֹלִים אֶת הַמָּאוֹר הַגָּדֹל לְמֶמְשֶׁלֶת הַיּוֹם וְאֶת הַמָּאוֹר הַקָּטֹן לְמֶמְשֶׁלֶת הַלַּיְלָה וְאֵת הַכּוֹכָבִים And G-d made ... and the stars Bereishis Rabba 46:4 says that these stars "escorted" the moon, which means they were ...


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all humans must also die because of Adam and Chava. this is not a punishment but a consequence. If a couple has a venereal disease and the child also contracts it, he is not being punished but rather paying the consequences of his parents actions. when chava was punished, her physical and spiritual makeup changed and she transfered this to her offspring ...


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Rabbi Sorotzkin and others point out that the entire incident occured before the first Shabbos. Thus, this was part of the time of creation. That is "free will" was created and instituted then. Adam had free will to choose to obey or disobey Hashem and the usage of free will at this time established the nature of mankind for the future. Had Adam and Chava ...


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Actually, a number of meforshim explain that it starts with the the general and then gets specific. Thus the first verse (Bereishis) refers to the entire process (all seven days). The Art Scroll Chumash states "In the beginning of Hashem's Creating" This phrase is commonly rendered In the beginning Hashem created, which would indicate that the ...


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I once heard that the isur was to eat of the eitz hadaat before eating of the eitz hachayim. But once eating from the eitz hachayim, it would have been ok for them to eat from the eitz hadaat. Kind of saying: first learn Torah so your perspectives will be in order and then learn secular subjects. Everything you will learn, you will conform to your Torah ...


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I don't know the original source, but one example is the Ramchal's "Daas Tvunos" (דעת תבונות) (section 18) who writes that "what him, blessed be his name, wanted, is to create Nivraim in order to bestow good upon them" ("מה שרצה הוא יתברך שמו - לברוא נבראים כדי שיוכל להטיב להם"). I have heard some explain your question by the understanding that if someone ...



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