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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Av 27, 5778
I have always learned that God created light on the first day. However, in Genesis 1:5 it says that there was evening and morning - the first day. This vers comes after the creation of light (vers 3). According to one of the answers I found on this site the Jewish day starts in the evening, so after the creation of light, and continues till next evening. Which would mean that creation of light woud be BEFORE the first day. How should I interpret this? What do you think? Thank you in advance for your anwer, Jaap Oosterhuis
ב"ה Shalom I will repeat what I wrote to a similar question and add some. The Biblical understanding of the first day creation is that there was a separation of dark and light and night and day, even though the separation of these times is not the same as ours today since the sun and the other heavenly luminaries were not yet created until the fourth day of creation. (verse 14). Therefore, neither should we find it difficult to understand that there is a situation that it is called evening though light was created. All the best
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