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  •  before the light (2+ / 0-)
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    ramara, Navy Vet Terp

    Supposedly all the words of the alphabet went before God and each gave a speech about why it should be the first letter in the Torah. Bait won because it's numerical value is 2, which alludes to harmony and unity, as of two people who work and live together.

    Re: tilling the ground....

    Man was created on the 6th day (1:27) but in 2:5 "there was no man to till the ground" - the Zohar says this is because only the second creation is called a "living creature" - (2:07) because he receives a soul, the breath of life, from God. The first creation of man had no soul (that was Nachash, the serpent, married to Lilith) and was not fit to till the soil,  he was a beast of the field, but the second is called Adam.

    So I think I am with Navy Vet Terp on the light of reason point.

    •  I have a book (2+ / 0-)

      called Tree of Souls, which is a collection of stories of Jewish mythology - stories from Midrash and Talmud, folk tales, etc. There are so many myths surrounding the creation, Lilith, before creation, and the characters in Torah. It's wonderful for anyone interested in such stories.

      Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

      by ramara on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:21:43 PM PDT

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