then present shall accept the Pointer & be obliged to act & officiate as Parnas for that time; &C none of the Elders being present, then the Hatan Torah & in his absence the Hatan Bereshit
& in the absence of both, the oldest Yahid present in the Sinagogue shall act 8c officiate as Parnas Presidente for that time....
He stares at his charges and in a stern voice asks, "Class, can any one tell me why the first book of the Bible, Bereshit
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] begins with the letter gimel [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]" Confused and panicked, not a child moves, nor offers a response.
No date or publisher is cited for Mahshevet Yisra'el be-Sefer Bereshit
Rabba dice en 56,1: <<El tercer dia Abraham alzo los ojos ...
Genesis begins with bereshit
, where be is a preposition, but the number 7225 is only for reshit, "beginning." The term mi sometimes means "then."
Hence it is written in Bereshit
Rabba, an early midrashic commentary on Genesis 28:11, where Jacob "alighted upon the place" [makom]: "Because He is the place of the world and the world is not His place." Given the right conditions--the proper ground, measure, silence--a stone might even turn into a ladder to the heavens.
And it seems that the comparison of Marino to Adam in paradise is not haphazard; In Jewish traditional legends on Genesis, called Midrash Bereshit
, it is told that it was Adam, not the angels, who gave every animal its proper name (Levner 18).
* Translators' note: This Hebrew term means "Account of the Chariot." The other Hebrew term, so important for Maimonides in the Guide, is ma'aseh bereshit
, which means "Account of the Beginning." We follow Strauss in transliterating these Hebrew terms, although the reader may find it important to note that in his later work on the Guide in English, "How to Begin to Study The Guide of the Perplexed," Strauss simply translates these Hebrew terms directly.
El libro hebreo del Genesis funda la dignidad del adam en su parecido a YHWH, a Elohim, al Kyrios; dice el Bereshit
He draws a comparison between the explosion of the big bang and the Bereshit
, and follows with a series of images invoking the colour and the configuration of the explosion: 'ao olho-mente quase um telefilme' (p.
(In Guide for the Perplexed, Maimonides cites a brilliant rabbinical comment from the Bereshit
Rabba: "To Abraham, whose prophetic power was great, the angels appeared in the form of men; to Lot, whose prophetic power was weak, they appeared as angels.")
The Bible begins, "Bereshit
bara Elohim et hashamayim v'et haaretz ..." It is a mysterious phrase.