Bereishit Rabbah 30:8 Noah was perfect in his generation. What’s the most interesting word in this sentence? Well, this midrash opts for “was”, leading us to surprising wisdom.
Bereishit Rabbah 2:3 “The earth was formless and void…” (Genesis 1:2-5). Rabbi Yehudah bar Simone interpreted this reading as applying to [future] generations. This midrash explores references to later generations within the first few lines of Genesis.
Bereishit Rabbah 96:1. In the Torah scroll, every parashah begins on a new line or after a significant space from the last word of the previous parashah. Vayechi, however, the final parashah of Genesis, begins immediately after the last word of Vayigash. Our midrash offers three suggestions for what meaning we can make of such a “closed off” text.
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Bereishit Rabbah 68:6 “Jacob departed” (Genesis 28:10). Did no one depart from there other than he?! Why, many donkey-drivers departed, […]Read more
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Bereishit Rabbah 58:2 “The sun rises and the sun sets” (Ecclesiastes 1:5). Rabbi Abba bar Kahana said: Don’t we know […]Read more
Bereishit Rabbah 56:11 “The angel of Adonai called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By Myself I […]Read more