How many days of "Creation" where there? If the answer is 7, then why is shabbos considered a day of Creation?

  • Are you asking if it was dix or sevn days, or seven days/15 billion years? – Shmuel Brin Feb 15 '12 at 3:20
  • @ShmuelBrin It seems that he was asking 6/7 days, considering his second question. – Hod - Monica's Army May 31 '12 at 2:32

The days of B'raishis are referred to commonly by Hazal as Sheishes Yimei B'raishis. However it does say "Vayichal Elokim BaYom HaShvi'i which means the Almighty finished on the 7th day. Rashi is bothered by the fact that the verse said right after Yom Hashishi that "The heavens and Earth and all their hosts were completed". Did Hashem finish on the 7th or the 6th? He answers that Shabbos brought the concept of Minuha, rest to the world. Without the concept of rest the world was not yet complete. The concept of rest means to stop creating. So by stopping, Hashem completed creation. Avin Ezrah (yes, that is how it is pronounced! see http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-should-we-pronounce-ibn-as-in-ibn.html) says that Hashem resting means He set the laws of nature as constant. It is all there in your Mikraos Gedolos Humash.

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  • That ניקוד (although I realize not the main point of your post) is blowing my mind. I think this gets back to the question of whether it is more appropriate to pronounce a person's name the way they would pronounce it or the way it is universally pronounced. See: mi.yodeya.com/questions/461/… – WAF Apr 25 '10 at 15:41
  • Yes, it blew my mind as well! I just thought it would be interesting to share. BTW, that blog is full of mind-blowing ideas. – Yahu Apr 25 '10 at 17:06
  • Very interesting use of "Het" and "Sav" – Hacham Gabriel Mar 9 '12 at 4:58

shabbos is the creation of rest. hashem is teaching us that even he, who created the world, took a day to rest, and so should we.

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