The Phoenix

by tillerofthesoil

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“For one day Rabbi Yeisa posed the following: ‘An an egg of truth, emerging from a bird abiding in fire, splitting into four. Two of them ascend, one descends, and one spreads a sprawl of the great sea. Rabbi Abba said, ‘In the presence of Rabbi Shim’on, you have made the holy profane, for of him is written Mouth to mouth I speak with him [… not in riddles].’ Rabbi Shim’on said to him, ‘Before the egg splits, you will depart from the world.’ And so it happened, in the assembly of Rabbi Shim’on” (Zohar 3:79a).

“And I thought: In my nest I shall breathe my last, and my days will abound like a חוֹל [ḥol] phoenix [alt., will abound like the חוֹל (ḥol) sand]” (Job 29:18).

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