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Ancient Israel: v.1: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

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It was punished and its light was diminished. " 3 On the fifth day He created out of light and water the Leviathan and all the fishes in the sea. v. ' Hullin, 6ob; Genesis Rabba, 6; Midram Azad4h, ed. Buber, p. 1 The book called Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer describes the story of the creation as follows: The heavens He created from the light of His garment. He took His garment and stretched it out and the heavens extended farther and farther, until the Creator cried unto them to stop. " Be stayed," He said, " it is sufficient," and they stopped.

339. • Toldo, loc. , p. 340. 1 Sor.. h, Job. Medi- INTRODUCTION xxxi ators of the spiritual and intellectual life of distant lands and of a remote past, the Jews brought to Europe intellectual treasures and enriched medizval literature with the wealth of an apo­ cryphal and legendary lore. Hellenistic and Roman, French and German, Italian, or English culture has affected the Jews, but they, too, have influenced the peoples among whom it has been their destiny to dwell. Although not all popular tales, myths, or legends mentioned also in Jewish sources can be directly attributed to the Jews-for they may have been derived from third and earlier sources-a good many myths, legends, tales, and fables were brought to Europe by the Jews and found citizen rights in European literature.

One half is fire and the other is hail, being the two attributes of love and justice. 3 The footstool of the Creator is like unto fire and hail, and represents Justice and Love. And the foundations of the throne, round which fire is continually flashing, are righteous­ ness and justice by which He rules the world. But none of the ministering angels, neither the Chajjoth, nor the Ophanim know the place of His Glory. All stand in awe and dread, in trembling and fear. And although standing near the place of Glory, at the side of the throne, the minister­ ing angels know not the place of His Glory.

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