Is there anyone that says that the "us" in "let us make man btzelem elokim" is referring to humans I'm working on a d'var Torah at the moment and hoping for a source to back the idea up that Hashem was telling us to continue working on it.

  • let us make men in our image. If us there refer to humans, then who are the we in "our" image? Humans already are in humans image. – user4951 Jun 29 '15 at 13:34

There's a well-known comment (I don't recall who off-hand) that it's G-d's invitation to the person reading the text.

On a related note, Rabbi Ovadiah Sforno (Italy, died c. 1550) has the fascinating concept that each person decides for him/herself just how G-dly they will be; thus, how much do they fulfill the original engineering specification of "in G-d's likeness." (This appears in Sforno's essay prefacing his commentary on the Torah.)


Found it - apparently the Yismach Moshe says this. At least according to http://www.youngisrael.org/content/parsha/01%20Beraishis/Berayshees08MichaelBorenstein.cfm and other divrei torah have come across online

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