Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Every Seven Years

There is an interesting baraita towards the end of chapter 1 of Yerushalmi Shabbat which seems to talk about certain creatures turning in to other creatures.  In order to prove this, another baraita is quoted:

דמר ר' יוסה בר ר' בון בשם רב זביד אחת לשבע שנים הקב"ה מחלף את עולמו.
(As) Rabbi Yosa son of Rabbi Bun said in the name of Rav Zavid: Once every seven years, HaKadosh Baruch Hu "switches" the world.
That is to imply a cyclical nature to the world.  Shmita is not mentioned.

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