" בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבּ "
Genesis, below it is the name used for the creation, and the translation to English.
The big difference is that the world was created with the Hebrew letters, not English or any other language. It is important to know and remember that. In order to understand anything beyond the simple story of genesis or the Torah, we need to connect to and understand the Hebrew Letters, then the Hebrew words, then the Hebrew story.
Rabbi Shimon in the Zohar (Behaalotcha) curses every person that relate only to the stories of the Torah. He says that a simple person can write more exciting stories to entertain the people. The Torah is a code, a guide for us to seek and study in order to connect and draw its light.
In Zohar Beresheet, Rabbi Shimon says that the Torah has 70 faces and all of them are true. The Hebrew word for face is " פנים " (panim), which is the same word for inner (P\’nim). To understand that, imagine a person in front of you. When you see his face you can tell a little bit about him, you can read him from the look on his face. Is he happy, sad, amused, depressed, disturbed etc…
A kabbalist can read the character of the person from his face. He can also tell what month he was born. The inner energy is revealed on the surface through the face and the palm of the hand. (G-d willing I will post some articles about palm and face reading in the future). It is a language by itself. So is the Torah.
Throughout these series of Genesis articles I will try to guide you through the understanding of the different codes and symbols in the Torah.
The first word of the Torah is " בְּרֵאשִׁית ". Rabbi Shimon wrote the "Tikunei HaZohar", which are seventy discussions about that first word. The Hebrew meaning of the name is "Corrections of the Zohar".
The purpose of those writings is to establish a support to the Shechina (the Female aspect of the Light of the creator) and to allow continuous flow of the Light to this world. As Rabbi Shimon explains, it is because of the seven sefirot of the physical realm (Chessed through Malchut). Each one has the ten dimensions (Sefirot) for a total of 70.
The Torah existed 2000 years before the creation of the world and when G-d came to create the world he used the Torah as a blue print. The seventy faces of the Torah are reflected in the creation process.
See special article by Ezra Meiliken about 70 times in the Torah where G-d is calling to Moshe. http://rabbishimon.com/rs
The seven days of creation forms the Seven Sefirot and before we start explaining each day\’s process and energy, we will go back to the time (if we can call it as such) before the creation and even before the thought of creation came to be.
Why G-d created the world?
As we mentioned earlier the Hebrew letters existed before creation. They held our souls in the spiritual state. G-d was giving us all that we had. We had a continuous flow of light that sustained us without any limit.
One day, the souls pushed the Light away. They wanted to be like G-d. They felt what is called in Kabbalah, the "Bread of Shame" or as is known in Aramaic, "Nahama Dichsufa" and in Hebrew " לחם־בזיון ".
To understand this, imagine that your father is the richest person in the world and all your desires are fulfilled instantly and unconditionally. You reach a point that you feel a drive to be like your father. Like your father, you wish to give and not to receive.
Now even if your father tries to persuade you that you do not need to work for eternity, you still can\’t live with the shame that you are supported and dependent. You want to be a creator of your world by yourself. So it goes to a point that you want to leave home.
But home is actually everywhere. Everything around you is still owned by your father and he already did all the work. There are no jobs available for you to work and build. You say to your father, "Stop! I don\’t want to receive from you any more. I want to earn everything I need or want.
At this point your father feels your strong desire and with great love he builds you a unique biosphere, one that has only the basics. You need to build all the rest from the ground up.
In order to give you the opportunity to be a creator like him, he hides himself from you and even takes the memory of him out of you so you can have a real fresh start to work and earn your right to be a creator of your life.
This is the cause of creation. G-d created the world for us, for our benefit. His creation gives us the opportunity to be creators, to be like him, to be like G-d.
The testimony for that is in Genesis2:3.this paragraph completes the story of creation and declare its purpose with the last words
" אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת "
"Which God created to make."
The beginning word is " בְּרֵאשִׁית ". The code behind this word is the six letters of the 42 letter name, " אבגיתץ ". The energy of this word is " אהבת־חנם " "unconditional love" and redemption. This is the power and seed of creation. G-d is only love.
The 42 letters of the Torah Genesis 1:1, begins with " ב " and ends with " ב " (see the verse at the beginning of the article). This letter is the beginning letter for blessings " ברכה " and as it is spelled out " בית ", means a house. One of Tikunei HaZohar explains " בְּרֵאשִׁית " in the form of " ראש־בית ". The same letters mean "head of the house".
The 42 letters of creation begins with " א " and ends with " ת ", which are the beginning and end letter of the Alef-Bet to signify the perfect order of creation.
G-d created a house for us with love and we need to work and earn everything to fulfill our goal in life. If we don\’t earn it, it is not ours. That was the condition of creation which we wanted to have and we should accept and follow it in every action we take. If you are poor and have a difficult life, it is part of the process and you should be happy that you have harder work than others. If you are a zillionaire, you have more responsibility and more people to take care of and be a creator on a larger scale.
There is no rest until Mashiach comes. Today, Amen.