The Seas - On this day G-d created fish, birds, and the great sea giants, the Leviathan. As with all creatures He created the Leviathan male and female. The female he killed so they would not mate and their offspring destroy the word. He salted the female to feed to righteous in the World to Come. While many of the larger sea creatures have fins most do not have scales, the two sign of a kosher fish. Is Leviathan kosher? Is the reward for the righteous a bit of old salty fish?
Rabbi Elazar said, “These are the Leviathan and his mate. These are the seventy princes appointed over the seventy nations, all created to rule over the earth.” To rule over the nations, G-d Himself rules over Israel.
“There ships travel, there is the Leviathan that you frolic therein. They all look expectantly to You to give them there food at the proper time.” The nation serve a purpose and G-d provides for them but in the Time to Come, “Hashem will bring punishment with His hash, great, mighty sword, upon the Leviathan”, upon the nations.
So what is on the menu for the righteous in the Time to Come? “Then He would feed them with the fat of wheat and I would sate you with honey from a rock.”
- Beraishis (Genesis) 1:20 [«]
- Bava Basra 74b [«]
- Zohar 1:47a [«]
- Tehillim (Psalms) 104:2-27 [«]
- Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 27:1 [«]
- Tehillim (Psalms) 81:17 [«]
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