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"וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹקים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ"

And God said, “Let US (plural) make man in our (plural) image, after our (plural) likeness..." Bereshis 1,26

To resolve the apparent problem of the plural "us" all the interpreters explain it was meant for the angels. It should be pointed out that G-d does not consult them in all other parts of the creation - creating the plants, the animals or Eden or else.

On the other hand, we hold that the purpose of the whole creation was the Man (for G-d to bestow his Brochos etc), and the rest of the creation (the plants, the animals AND the angels) are the "scenery", the setting for that purpose.

I have some difficulty understanding the situation where G-d asks the secondary actors whether the leading actor should be brought into the play.

Why would G-d consult the angels to bring the Man into the world?

  • See Guide for the Perplexed 2:11 which I cited in this answer – Alex Mar 10 at 0:52
  • @Alex did you mean "it cannot be that everything was created for the sake of man" conclusion? – Al Berko Mar 10 at 1:01
  • Basically, yes. – Alex Mar 10 at 1:02
  • @Alex I, personally don't consider the Guide to be a serious informative work, as his only goal was to address his generation's problems. Anyways, does anybody put angels instead of the man as the goal? – Al Berko Mar 10 at 1:09
  • That's part of why I didn't post it as an answer. – Alex Mar 10 at 1:10
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As Rashi on that Passuk says, the purpose of this consultation with the angels was so that man would learn to emulate His actions to learn proper conduct and humility (text and translation from Chabad.org).

נעשה אדם: אף על פי שלא סייעוהו ביצירתו ויש מקום למינים לרדות, לא נמנע הכתוב מללמד דרך ארץ ומדת ענוה שיהא הגדול נמלך ונוטל רשות מן הקטן. ואם כתב אעשה אדם לא למדנו שיהא מדבר עם בית דינו אלא עם עצמו, ותשובת המינים כתב בצדו ויברא א-להים את האדם, ולא כתב ויבראו:

Let us make man: Even though they [the angels] did not assist Him in His creation, and there is an opportunity for the heretics to rebel (to misconstrue the plural as a basis for their heresies), Scripture did not hesitate to teach proper conduct and the trait of humility, that a great person should consult with and receive permission from a smaller one. Had it been written: “I shall make man,” we would not have learned that He was speaking with His tribunal, but to Himself. And the refutation to the heretics is written alongside it [i. e., in the following verse:]“And God created (וַיִּבְרָא) ,” and it does not say,“and they created וַיִּבְרְאוּ.” - [from Gen. Rabbah 8:9]

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