Different Approaches to Creation

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  1. Simcha Miller says:

    This is a question rather than a comment. I am told that there is a translation of the second perek of the introduction to the gevuros hashem and the translation was with comments from a professor describing how the maharal presented in this second perek ideas and concepts of quantum physics. I’m searching for that translation. Do you know the name and author of this book. Thank you. Simcha Miller

  2. micha says:

    I think I saw a booklet that fits that description once, when in camp many years ago. I sometimes wonder about it.

    However, I do not think the connection between the Maharal’s thought and contemporary physics is all that strong. As Rav Dessler explains it, the Maharal is saying that teva itself, all the differences caused by relativity and QM, is itself only one set of possible perspectives.

  3. ami says:

    For the sun /stars/moon in day 4 I think we can see that the constellations were not bara (qal) as in a miracle or even as in created, but rather asah is the verb used here indicating an observance, preparation, guiding, and commanding and putting into order of the constellations.

    As their creation took place before the foundations of the earth as Job tells us.

  4. ami says:

    Day 5 the birds may simply be insects, but the word used in the Hebrew for the ‘great sea monsters’ also means leviathon/dinosaurs/crocodiles are all thought of as this and from the rabbi’s Rashi, Rambam, Rashbam, and Ezra we can see that the levithan is mentioned in their day 5 understanding of it and so we can conclude ‘dinosaurs’ were also a part of day 5 though in our english translations it is not mentioned.

  5. Daniel says:

    Do you have sources for these opinions? I would like to see some of these inside

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