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בראשית רבה כב ז יהודה בר אמי אמר: על חוה הראשונה היו מדיינין. אמר רבי איבו: חוה הראשונה חזרה לעפרה. Bereshit Raba 22:7 Yehuda Bar Ami said: (Kain and Able) were arguing about the Eve the first, Rabbi Eyvo said, Eve the first died [was already dead].


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Several commentators see an allusion to the creation of the malakhim in Genesis 2:1 ( וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ וְכָל-צְבָאָם). For example, the Ramban on the word צְבָאָם writes: והנה בכאן רמז על יצירת המלאכים and there is a hint here to the formation of the malakhim. Genesis Rabbah 3:8 records different opinions concerning which day of creation ...


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Philo (Midrashei Philon 2:19) posits, that Adam also named the entire plant world, along with the mineral world. See also Abarbanel (Breishis) who asks your question: השאלה הי"ז. באמרו וייצר ה' אלהים מן האדמה כל חית השדה וגו' והיא כי מה ענין זה לכאן. ואם בא הכתוב לספר יצירת האשה למה זה זכר בתוך ספורה קריאת שמות לכל הב"ח שאינו מהדרוש אף שיצירת הב&...


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There are several meforshim that mention her. As you pointed out in your question, the Midrash of Ben Sira brought in the Otzar Midrashim is actually quite important as it frames what Lilis would go on to become. It centres around Adam and Lilis' dispute over who was to be the dominant figure in the act of intimacy, namely who would be the one to lie on top. ...


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The epoch of the current calendar is, as you point out, BaHaRaD - Monday, 5 hours and 204 chalakim. However, it’s crucial to realise that this is an artificial date, arrived at by winding the calendar backwards, and corresponds to the molad of Tishrei of Year 1. It is referred to as molad tohu. This is almost an entire year before the world was created on ...


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The Ramban (Nachmanides) writes in his commentary on the Torah as follows At the briefest instant following creation, all the matter of the universe was concentrated in a very small place, no larger than a grain of mustard…. From the initial concentration of this intangible substance in its minute location, the substance expanded, expanding the universe as ...


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The Ramchal answers this in Derech Hashem - in a nutshell God is perfect and wants to share his perfection with others He created the world in an act of love, to have someone (man) who benefits from His goodness, which is ultimately man's ability to attach himself to the perfect good (God) now in order for the gift not to come for free (and be worthless), ...


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The sun and the moon were worshipped as deities, under those names. Just as the taninim were worshiped by other cultures and so are set up as creations, and playthings of God, the sun and moon were appointed by God in their roles to regulate the day, night, and seasons. It would not be appropriate to refer to Shemesh and Yaraech in roles of "memshelet ...


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Here's one place... It says in Zecharia 4:14 וַיֹּ֕אמֶר אֵ֖לֶּה שְׁנֵ֣י בְנֵֽי־הַיִּצְהָ֑ר הָעֹמְדִ֖ים עַל־אֲד֥וֹן כָּל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ And he said, “These are the two anointed dignitaries who attend the Lord of all the earth.” And Rashi over there writes: שני בני היצהר. יצר טוב ויצר הרע מתהפך לטוב בזכות התורה A good inclination, and a bad inclination can ...


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R. Isaiah of Trani (the Elder) takes it for granted that Adam had eaten from the Tree of Life, as God had permitted him to eat from all of the trees except for the Tree of Knowledge. ותימה וכי עד עתה לא אכל מעץ החיים והלא הרשה אותו מכל עץ הגן אכול תאכל This is astounding, for until now did he not eat from the Tree of Life? But was it not permitted to him – &...


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If you count א֑וֹר Or (5-times) with gematria , you could write (207 x 5) = 1,035. | This could represent the minutes adding up to a Day. We find Bereishit 1:1-5 shows "Light" | א֑וֹר Or (5-times), before "Day" | י֔וֹם Yom. Light #1 + Light #2 in Bereishit 1:3 "And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light." ...


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Another question one may have, is according to the baal shem tov's explanation on that part of davening, that "tamid", constantly, renews the work of creation, is that everything is being created constantly from nothing, not only every day (at the beginning of the day), as is the simple inference from that tefilah Another point, for example, is the ...


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the chicken came first, then the egg adam created when he was age 20, also דא"ר יהושע בן לוי כל מעשה בראשית (לקומתן) נבראו לדעתן נבראו לצביונן נבראו שנא' (בראשית ב, א) ויכלו השמים והארץ וכל צבאם אל תקרי צבאם אלא צביונם


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Looks like the Zohar says something similar "Let there be (Heb. יְהִי) light," means that everything that comes forth and emanates in the world proceeds according to the secret of the words: (...) When the first point, which is Yud, proceeded from Arich Anpin, its light shone upon it according to the sense of 'reaching yet not reaching'. Once the ...


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Yes, there are many Jewish legends that say other worlds ended and were followed. Rabbi Kaplan felt that there were other worlds before Adam and Eve.[1] As it turns out, there are many midrashim with these imaginative tales such as G-d creating other cultures before the present one and destroying them, almost a kind of science fiction. However, Maimonides ...


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