SUN WITH HANDLES AND SHEATED MOON CARRIAGES
God made for the sun a carriage of diamonds with 360 handles within the said universe and placed the sun on it. To pull the sun on his carriage from west to east, He assigned an angel for each handle to enable the angel to clasp it. For the moon God made a carriage of yellow rubies and placed the moon on it, and an angel to clasp each of the handles in order to pull the carriage of the moon from east to the west. Moreover, He created a sheath with sixty handles each of which to be clasped by an angel. Angels that draw the carriage of the moon gradually move it away from the sun and the angels that hold the sheath strip off the sheath proportionately with the distance separating the sun from the moon so that when the sun and the moon run across each other, the moon leaves its sheath and appears as a full moon. Whereupon, as the moon is drawn nearer to the sun by the angels, they arrange the sheath in such a manner that when it is about to touch the sun, the moon reappears fully clad in its sheath. This shall go on like this till Doomsday. This is the reason why the moon is sometimes a crescent, sometimes a half moon and sometimes a full moon.