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The Mishkan as a small world

In different sources (Maggid HaRakiah, Inyanei Purim & Megilath Esther by Rav Daniel Glatstein, p. 65, ביני ובין בני ישראל, p. 41), the idea is echoed that the construction of the Mishkan (...
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What is the connection between Hashem's battle with the dragon and creation in Tehilim Chapter 74?

Tehilim 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Hashem. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the tanin and the Leviathan: אַתָּ֤ה פוֹרַ֣רְתָּ בְעׇזְּךָ֣ יָ֑ם שִׁבַּ֖רְתָּ ...
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Do we know if the ancient Jews embraced or refused the fourth century BCE observation of Aristotle that the Earth was a globe?

The Catholic Church fought long and hard for a fixed (stationary) earth, with the sky moving around it (a geocentric "universe"). Did it similarly take a long time for the Jews to accept the ...
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28 hour day during creation

As we can see in the article below, the original 6 days of creation were 28 hours long. Can anyone provide any more supporting info on this item? Maybe someone here has info from hebrew seforim that ...
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How Does the Ramban Deal with לֹֽא־תֹ֥הוּ בְרָאָ֖הּ?

Isaiah 45 states in part: לֹֽא־תֹ֥הוּ בְרָאָ֖הּ לָשֶׁ֣בֶת יְצָרָ֑הּ He did not create it (earth) for a waste, He formed it to be inhabited ... But per the Ramban, the verb ברא means to create ...
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Do Bereshit 1:27 and Bereshit 2:7 talk about 2 different creations for humans?

Bereshit 1:27 states that mankind was created on the 6th day and that they (mankind) were created male and female, together. But later, in Bereshit 2:7, it states that Adam was created (at some ...
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Is There a Ramban v. Ramchal Debate Regarding the Graspability of the Creation Narrative?

Per the Ramban (based on Rashi) (Genesis 1:1), the purpose of the creation narrative, per Chazal, is to teach us that the Land of Israel belongs to Bnei Yisrael and that God banishes and destroys ...
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Is one obligated to constantly think the natural world good / beautiful / awesome?

I had a rather unpleasant walk to the store today, through heavy wind, rain, mud, et cetera. During this walk, seeing the goodness of the natural world was a bit challenging. Is it a mitzvah to ...
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Why was Noach born after Adam's death?

Noach was the tenth generation after Adam. The previous nine generations had been born while Adam was still alive. Are there any mefarshim that mention why specifically Noach was the first to be born ...
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Does the line in Bereishith/Genesis "God saw that the light was good." imply that he didn't know the nature of his creation until it was created?

At the very beginning of Bereishith/Genesis there is a phrasing of the creation of light which I find to be slightly confusing. It's stated that God created light. The wording then seems to indicate ...
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The parallel of 6000 years and the six days of creation

I have read in the Yalkut Biurim-section of the Mesivta Gemara Sanhedrin (p. 98 of the Yalkut Biurim), that the six days of creation are intertwined with the teaching that the world will exist for ...
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What were the first words spoken by Adam?

What were the first words spoken by Adam? Is there any lesson involved in that?
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Bereishis and plant growth - why didn't the "אד" help?

We are told in Bereishis 1:12 that on the third day of creation: וַתּוֹצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ דֶּ֠שֶׁא עֵ֣שֶׂב מַזְרִ֤יעַ זֶ֙רַע֙ לְמִינֵ֔הוּ וְעֵ֧ץ עֹֽשֶׂה־פְּרִ֛י אֲשֶׁ֥ר זַרְעוֹ־ב֖וֹ לְמִינֵ֑הוּ וַיַּ֥רְא ...
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Infinite regress in answering 'Why G-d created the world"

Many answers are given to the quetion of "Why did G-d create the world?", some of them being: He wanted a dira betachtonim, a dwelling place below He wanted there to exist beings besides ...
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How did G-d bring creation into the world without changing? Did He not have to decide to create at some point? How did He bring creation without time?

So the question is something like this: If G-d, blessed be He, willed creation into being, then a) He either underwent change (deciding to create) [Impossible] b) He always knew that He was going to ...
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Birthday of the world

Why do we say היום הרת עולם on rosh hashana if the world was created five days before on the 25th of elul?
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Is adam the first person [duplicate]

Was adam really the first human created ? I've heard that there were other humanoid or other humans created beside from adam outside of Gan eden.
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Rishonim & Chazal on Bereishit as allegory/metaphorical

I know the Rambam stays Maaseh Bereishit is largely allegory. I wanted to know if there are other Rishonim Geonim and/or Chazal sources that are similar or agreeing with the Rambam. Sometimes people ...
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Do the sages give any sort of insight as to why humans and land animals were created AFTER birds and fish?

The genesis description of creation states that on the 5th day, G-d created all fish and sea creatures and filled the sky with all variety of birds that fly. After this, G-d creates all the land ...
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Why were demons created at the end of Friday?

Why were demons created at the end of Friday? Seems to me that this time of creation is the most auspicious. Why create something negative then?
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Are quarks and atoms an observable physical manifestation of the Dvar Havaya that is keeping the universe in existence?

המחדש בטובו בכל יום תמיד מעשה בראשית In His goodness, He renews the work of creation every day, continuously As explained by the Baal Shem Tov and cited by the Baal Hatanya in Book 2, Ch. 1 of the ...
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Creation and its process

Do any Jewish texts talk about how the creation of the Universe came about? Did it all come out of nothing in a fraction of a second? or Was all matter condensed to one small point and then ...
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Evolution of Humans in Torah

Is there anywhere in the Torah that mentions in detail any other types of humans (Neanderthals, homo erectus, etc..) and how they evolved, or any interactions?
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Why wasn't the Torah given earlier?

The world existed for over 2000 years before the Torah was given en masse. If the Torah and our fulfilling of it, is the point of creation, why was it given after so long? If people could please ...
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Talmudic legend about the souls refusing to enter Adam's and Hava's bodies?

Ted Hughes, in the Crow collection, has a poem named A Childish Prank (full text), which is a grotesque narration of Adam's and Hava's creation. In March 1976, at the Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week, ...
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Why in Beresheit 2:2 (and Kidush) we switch between מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ and מִכׇּל־מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ?

I've always had this question regarding the pasuk in Beresheit 2:2 which which we also say at kidush which says, "וַיְכַ֤ל אֱלֹהִים֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֑ה ...
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History of Creation Ex Nihilo

Is it known whether creation from nothing has always been the mainstream jewish belief (as far back as is possible to tell)? Were there notable groups within Judaism that, instead of going with the ex ...
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What’s the purpose of the celestial bodies?

The purpose of that which is beyond the Earth’s atmosphere is what I would like to be expounded. I’m familiar with Genesis chapter 1, (please hold your applause), and the reasons given there. But more ...
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Hashem and the Platonic World

2 + 2 = 4, right? If I have 2 things, and you have 2 things, we have 4 things between us. This is a logical reality that is inescapable. If we want a coherent, consistent set of rules for counting, ...
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Jewish sources that speak about general revelation

Are there any Jewish sources that speak about general revelation? General revelation means that God is revealed from nature or creation.
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How did the Sefir Yetzirah arrive at its conclusions, etc.?

I am new to Judaism (having studied a little bit of many world religions), and am very curious about the esoteric teachings, and the origin/structure/creation of the world from different perspectives. ...
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Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?

Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?: Psalm 74:13You crumbled the sea with Your might; You shattered the heads ...
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How did the Avos know the Torah, who taught them?

Is there any source to what my Rabeiim taught me in yeshiva that the Avos knew the Torah by "reverse Engineering the Briyah" because Hashem looked into the Torah to create the world so the ...
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G-d formed man, why not right after creation?

The Torah tells us that on the sixth day of creation, G-d decided to create mankind (Bereishis 1:26-27): And G-d said, Let Us make Mankind in Our image, after Our likeness So G-d created Mankind in ...
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Where exactly does R' Saadia Gaon explain why a woman marrying two men is מתנגד לשכל?

ר' סעדיה גאון על בראשית ד׳:י״ח "וכבר ביארנו קודם בפרשת מעשה אדם שהשכל מתנגד לנשואי אשה אחת לשני אנשים, אבל אינו מתנגד לנשואי שתי נשים לאיש אחד" Can someone give me an exact location for the &...
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Coherent reading of beraishis creation

I’m trying to make sense of the creation story in beraishis but there are so many things left unclear or unsaid. What are some sources that lay it out clearly when each thing was created and what was ...
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What is hashgacha pratis

I always hear the term but I thought it meant hashgacha in everything that occurs. I did some research and found that hashgacha pratis refers to the animals and vegatation as opposed to just general ...
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Was Man Created Alone?

I am looking for a source which I (thought I) came across once regarding creation of man. From what I remember it said that man was actually created in multiple places. Or rather more than one man was ...
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Are there things we can do in linear time that G-d cannot? (By His design and His design only. There is no limitation of Him unless He would plan it)

In Chassidus there is a concept that G-d wanted a dwelling place in the lowest world, and humanity has a unique role of action in this world. However, we see in Torah that when G-d wants to intervene ...
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How many species of animals did God create in total?

In Rabbis' views, how many species of animals did God create in total? How did those views evolve with time and scientific understanding?
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Why don't humans have the best version of organs?

Scientifically speaking, a better version of an organ could be found in many animals (besides the human brain, maybe). IIRC, octopuses have better eyes, birds have a more efficient cardiovascular ...
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Is God's creation a single event or a continuous process?

וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָיְתָ֥ה תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י תְה֑וֹם וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם׃ the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep ...
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ויהיה ערב ויהיה בוקר - what's the nature of those emergences?

"וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים  לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי־עֶרֶב וַיְהִי־בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד׃" "God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening ...
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Why did God plan to create both "בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ" but only created "בְּצֶלֶם"?

"וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ..." "וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ...׃" "And God said, “Let us make ...
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Created in the Divine Image

The Torah tells us that Adam was created in the divine image (Gen 1.26-27; 5; 9.6). If the divinity had a body, then we would suppose this means that Adam was created as the divinity's Doppelgänger, ...
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Why did the Chachamim change this Passuk?

The Gemara brings in the incident of a king gathering 72 sages to translate the Torah to Greek. They all came with the idea to change some Psukim. One of them was זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בְּרָאָ֑ם ...
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Why does plant life come after the earth, waters and the firmament, but before the planets?

This question only addresses the blueprint of the creation as described in the first chapter of Bereshit. It does not address the sequence of the actual creation, as described in Bereshit 2, or the ...
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Order of Creation: why the creation of man was grouped with animals and did not stand alone?

On the 6th day, God created both animals and humans, according to the main creation narrative (Gen 1). I would speculate that it would be more reasonable to dedicate each day to a specific niche: a ...
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Principal differences between animals created on the fifth and the sixth days

IIRC, the Jewish tradition divides between inanimated nature, plants, animal kingdom, and humans. I'm not aware of any principal differences within the animal kingdom. However, in the Creation ...
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Why did Hashem create two Leviathans and two Behemoths if He realised the need to prevent them from multiplying, Hashem doesn't make mistakes?

The Gemara in Bava Basra 74b famously speaks about both the לויתון (Leviathan) and the בְּהֵמוֹת (Behemoth), both of which were created with a female partner. In both instances, the Gemara relates ...
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