The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
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The verse says OR ANY LIKENESS ( Ex . 20 : 4 ) . He may not make himself one
which is solid , but perhaps he may plant a sacred tree ? The verse says YOU
SHALL NOT PLANT A POLE ( Deut . 16:21 ) . He may not plant a sacred tree , but
R. Jose the Galilean says , “ They died because of drawing too close and not
because of the offering . " R. Akiba says , “ The verse says WHO DIED WHEN
THEY DREW TOO CLOSE TO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD ( Lev . 16 : 1 ) .
One verse says ALL MANKIND COMES TO YOU , YOU WHO HEAR PRAYER (
Ps . 65 : 3 ) and another verse says YOU HAVE SCREENED YOURSELF OFF
WITH A CLOUD THAT NO PRAYER MAY PASS THROUGH ( Lam . 3:44 ) . How
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Notes to Introduction
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