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Study the daily Chumash with Rashi, Tanya and Rambam with master teacher Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon.

Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion

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Dave NY, NY January 20, 2019

We now know through astrophysics that of course the sun is much larger than the moon. But from earth's perspective, they are just about exactly the same size. Why is this rather amazing coincidence not stressed?

They already are the same size. And it's hard for me to imagine how, even when Moschiach comes, the moon and sun would become the same size. It would throw off so many relationships in the solar system. If we believe the sun is the largest, as Rashi apparently does even though he was before Galileo, then he is accepting a fair amount of science. So how can he think all that machinery will stop working and transition to something else, in a survivable way, and even one that follows God's physical laws?

Easiest to say that, if "earth is the center of the universe", then we use earth's perspective and the sun and moon are already the same size. Reply

Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org March 31, 2019
in response to Dave:

It's not so much about the actual size of the moon, but that the moon will be as bright as the sun. Reply

J December 30, 2013

Sun v. Moon Maybe the Jews have come to be representative of the moon as opposed to the sun because though the sun is physically larger, the moon is a firmament, a piece of land, while the sun is not solid. Maybe God wants the Jews to give the law to the rest world as something to stand on, as opposed to those not following the Law who might (hopefully figuratively) sink into the molten sun & it's heat, left with nothing to stand on, only worldliness to be consumed by. Reply

Yizrael Rishon Letzion, Israel October 6, 2012

Ve'Et I liked the commentary on the reason for the addition of "Ve'et" which word is made of the first and last letters in the aleph-bet.

I always related to the sun as a blueprint of God and the moon as a blueprint of the Messiah. One cannot look upon the sun without going blind, but one is able to see the other great light in the sky which is actually the light from the sun, which the moon is sharing with us, so we still can enjoy it's witness in the sky. In fact, I'm not the only one, who can actually see a smiling-caring face on the moons surface. Just as a father would smile to his child who just woke up in the ICU and told his daddy he loves him. Just thought I'd share that :-) Reply

Anonymous Hayes October 23, 2011

Rebellious Trees? I'm enjoying this series very much! Thank you for making it available.

I must ask...surely you aren't literally saying that the trees were to taste like their fruit which accounts for the earth being cursed (& that in olam haba trees will taste like their fruit), are you?

Bereshit 3 says it was man's rebellion that caused the earth to be cursed, not rebellious trees. "'Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying: Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; "

Nature doesn't have a free will. It must do everything G-d instructs it to do (Yov, Mishlei...). Trees do differ in "kind" & each tree does in fact produce after it's own "kind" of tree, just as plants to. They weren't instructed to taste like the fruit they produced any more than a tomato plant was to taste like a tomato. Logic says that would spell instant disaster as the tree or plant itself would be eaten & become extinct, no? Reply

Anonymous taipei, taiwan July 21, 2010

Sun and Moon This was a tender point for me. I have not thought of the moon representative of me and the Sun representative of G-d. This representation is something for me to ponder deeply. Thank you. Reply