The Earth - On this day all of the land animals were brought forth from the earth. Including the Behemoth of a Thousand Hills. So called because due to its immense size it would graze daily on a thousand lush hill and strip them bare. Some modern commentators say that the Behemoth, Leviathan, and the Ziz (a giant bird from Jewish folklore) are dinosaurs. Other say the Behemoth was more like a water buffalo.
Like the Leviathan G-d prevented it from reproducing and will server it to the righteous in the World to Come. As it is described as eating grass like cattle it most likely chews it cud, a sign of a kosher animal.
Why do the stories of creation spend so much time on what the righteous will eat in the World to Come? Just as one prepares and gets every thing setup for a special guest, G-d has not only prepared this world for man but also the World to Come. We should probably be good guest and say thank you.
In this world our service may be long but it is good to know that G-d is making a nice kiddush for when we are done.
- Bava Basra 74b [«]
- Tehillim (Psalms) 50:10 [«]
- Iyov (Job) 40:20 [«]
- G-d To Server The Righteous Treif ??? [«]
- Iyov (Job) 40:15 [«]
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