(9.) The Hatan Bereshit
, refers to the one chosen for the honor of commencing the reading of the Torah on Simchat Torah, while the Hatan Torah was the member chosen for the honor of the last reading of the Torah on Simchat Torah.
* Gina Watson represented the owner and the lessee, Bereshit
Lifestyle Center, in the lease of 706s/f of office space at 3174 Riverdale Avenue.
Western scholars who have studied the "Tale of Harut and Marut" and grappled with its literary analogues have most frequently pointed to the Jewish and Christian parascriptural materials that envelop the enigmatic figure of Enoch and in particular to a curious medieval Jewish aggadic narrative known as the "Midrash of Shemhazai and 'Azael." (29) This unusual tale, extant in at least four Hebrew versions and one Aramaic rendition, (30) requires our attention at this stage, and I accordingly provide here a translation of what is arguably its earliest written registration, in the eleventh-century midrashic compilation Bereshit
Rabbati of R.
It was Shabbat, Shabbat Bereshit
, which this year falls on Oct.
But according to the great German sociologist Max Weber, it was Judaism that first led to what he calls Western rationality, which made science possible, and the reason it did so was because Bereshit
Chapter One is the first act of demythologizing the universe.
This concept of the holiness of creation is transmitted to us in Bereshit
(Genesis) 1:1: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." I find this opening line of Bereshit
The dialogue could begin with "bereshit
," the biblical beginning of our universe, which could then be compared with the scientific account that most atheists would embrace.
One big boost to the local economy came from Bereshit
, a luxury hotel that opened 18 months ago.
I felt that in our generation, it's much more difficult to "begin again." I have a friend, Rabbi Menashe Klein [the head of a yeshiva underwritten by Wiesel and named for his father], who quoted to me the verse in Bereshit
about Ya'akov: be-makli avarti et ha-yarden [I crossed the Jordan only with my cane].
(31.) Shimon bar Yochai [traditionally ascribed author], Midrash Hane'elam, Bereshit
, Parshat Hayei Sarah, in Sefer HaZohar (Vilna, 1923), 125a.
1:26, "Let us make man" is addressed to angels can be found in the "orthodox" rabbinic voice of Bereshit
Rabba 8, as pointed out in the important Runia, "Where is the Jew." This makes the Justinian attribution of such a related view to a hairesis as well as Rabbi Akiva's sharp rejection of it somewhat puzzling.
Rabbah 29:11 explains that Abraham was empowered to bestow blessings upon others, an ability that until then was reserved for God himself; now Abraham will be His partner in this regard.