Translation:Mishnah/Seder Nezikin/Tractate Avot/Chapter 5/6

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This Mishnah lists ten miracles created at the eve of the first Sabbath.

Hebrew Text[edit]

== עֲשָׂרָה דְבָרִים נִבְרְאוּ בְעֶרֶב שַׁבָּת בֵּין הַשְּׁמָשׁוֹת, ==
וְאֵלּו הֵן,
פִּי הָאָרֶץ,
וּפִי הַבְּאֵר,
וּפִי הָאָתוֹן,

וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים,
אַף הַמַּזִּיקִין,
וקְבוּרָתוֹ שֶׁל משֶׁה,
וְאֵילוֹ שֶׁל אַבְרָהָם אָבִינוּ.

וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים,
אַף צְבָת בִצְבָת עֲשׂוּיָה


English Translation[edit]

Ten things were created on the eve of the [first] Sabbath at twilight,
And these are they:
[1] The mouth of the earth [that swallowed Korach in Numbers 16:32 ],
[2] The mouth of the well [that accompanied the Israelites in the Wilderness in Numbers 21:17],
[3] The mouth of the donkey [that spoke to Balaam in Numbers 22:28–30 ],
[4] The rainbow [that served as a covenant after the Flood in Genesis 9:13 ],
[5] The manna [that God provided the Israelites in the Wilderness in Exodus 16:4–21 ],
[6] The rod [of Moses],
[7] The Shamir [worm that helped build the Temple without metal tools],
[8] The letters,
[9] The writing, and
[10] The tablets [of the Ten Commandments].

And some say:
Also the destructive spirits,
And the burial place of Moses, our teacher,
And the ram of Abraham, our father.

And some say:
Also the [first human-made] tongs, made with [Divine] tongs.


For commentary on Avot 5:6, see, for example: