More Discussions for this daf
1. Rebbi Yishmael Kohen Gadol 2. Age of Avraham Avinu 3. Accountabity for a father's misdeeds
4. Hash-m's anger 5. Acasriel ...Hash-m Tsevakos 6. Tosfos on Avraham Avinu
7. Gezeirah Shavah 8. Chronology 9. What the Kohen Gadol saw
10. The duration of G-d's anger 11. Reuvain -- now you see him... 12. The age of Avraham at Bris Bein ha'Besarim
13. G-ds anger 14. The Shechinah resting on the other nations 15. Recalling a prophecy
16. Dealing with the wicked

Yosef M Nussbaum asks:

Dear Rabbi Kornfeld?

Regarding the Gemara on Daf 7A. What exactly did R' Yishmael Ben Elisha Kohen Godol see. He couldn't have seen Hash-m for only Moshe Rabbeinu was only Zoche to see Hashems Back so What did he see? What is "Akatkrikel Koh Hash-m Tzevokos?"

Yosef Nussbaum

The Kollel replies:

(a) The Rashba in Chidushei Agados explains that even in the Nevi'im we find that such expressions: I saw Hash-m sitting on His lofty Throne (Yeshayah 6:1). Hash-m's "head" is referred to in Shir ha'Shirim 5:11. The Nevi'im and Chachamim spoke in metaphors.

(b) According to the MAHARSHA, he saw distinctly Hash-m's greatest Midas ha'Rachamim (Attribute of Mercy), which is represented by the Holy Names mentioned in the Gemara. (See Maharsha, who explains this more in depth.)

Be well,