Wednesday, September 26, 2007
In the year 1054 A.D., Chinese astronomers were startled by the appearance of a new star that was so bright that it was visible in broad daylight for several weeks. Located about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the Crab Nebula is the remnant of a star that began its life with about 10 times the mass of our sun. Its life ended on July 4, 1054 when it exploded as a supernova.
In looking at galaxies I observed a certain kid of symetry that one finds in jellyfish. I therefore started posting jellyfish on some of these web pages along with some of the awe inspiring images of galaxies which are thousands of light years away.
I guess one could view some of my thoughts on life in the deep sea as coming attractions! The Metsudah Linear Chumash translates the 260th word of Bereishis "Ha- Gedolim" as whales, which is an amazing animal. Well, ready or not I have to stop and get ready for the Holiday of Sukkot. My understanding of some of the writings of a local Rav here in Passaic is that the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippor and Sukkot, help get us ready for Parsha Bereishis!
Which is why I feel the need to learn an share as much as possible of this amazing parsha, which contains information which is applicable to every thing a man or or woman might endeavor to create!
Aharon Moshe (ben-Dovid) Sanders
September 26, 2007 4:35pm
This short sequence of words contains some insights that I have come up with and wish to share with anyone who may have happened upon this site. the current concepts were heavily influenced and inspired by Tractate (Masechta) Chagigah. What follows is a sort of meta-anlaysis of the Parsha Bereishis, or borrowing jargon from theater arts, reading the subtext of Bereishis.
My reader my find that the analysis goes off into several different directions at the same time, much like the scientific description of the big bang has massive waves of energy fusing into all directions from some central point, the point itself never being adequately described.
My regular readers (send me an e-mail if you are out there) may notice I have been jazzing up this site with images, color text etc. A large mass of words without images tends to appear mundane. It is also within the nature of the typical internet surfer to view things briefly and only go on if something truly calls their attention.
The space above was intended fro an image, it may get upoaded maybe not.
The first line of Bereishis contains 7 words. The seven words correspond to the seven days of the week. The opening remark ends with Ha-Eretz, which is translated as the earth. I know none of this is Earth Shattering kind of content.
The expalnation then continues with Ha-Eretz we can actually count the hebrew words that are contained within the 1st 5 lines of Bereishis. Try it each and every time there should be no surprise that there are 52.
So, we have the first sentence of Bereishis which contains seven words which sets an important cycle, the week. Then by the end of the Torah's description Bereishis 1-5, we have the completion of the first day of creation Yom Echod! I might be looking for holidays here but Yom Echod- the first day, seems like something worth celebrating.
The Torah gets these concepts out there in 52 words, which correspond to the 52 weeks of a year. All this of course in One Day of Hashem's creation!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Why does the 1st word of the first letter of the Torah begin with a Beis (second letter of the hebrew alphabet) instead of Aleph (the first letter of the Hebrew aleph-beis)?
There was an entire sequence of events which proceeded the creation (as told from Bereishis) . The expalnation goes as follows:
The first act of creation (which was preceeded by the thought of creation) was that Hashem had to make room for the unviverse as we know it to exist. In order to do that he withdrew a portion of himself. This concept is explained by kabbalah and the Zohar as Tzimzum or restriction. This concept in itself is huge, and if you consider all the competing ideas on the creation of the universe, it is the only one which makes perfect sense.
Then when we return to the narrative in the Torah, "G-d said let there be light"
Likewise we have another concept which is outside of the written torah, we call this oral torah. Oral torah is recognized as legitimate Torah in that these parts of the Torah were handed down from our Avos in an oral tradition. Some of this Torah was ultimately recorded as a body of work called Talmud.
The vessels which were to receive this light, in its pure form emanating from Elokim, the cause of all causes, the creater of the Universe, were not able to contain this light and shattered. The breaking of these vessels should not chas va shaolom ever be thought of as an imperfection in Hashems creation, rather it is something which is intamtely tied in with free will, and another important concept called bread of shame.
The vessells were creted with each utterance and likewiss could not contain the energy which issued from Hashem within his ten utterances which are deliniated in Bereshis (Genesis). These vessels are individually referred to as the ten sphierot fused into what might could be called the first man or primordial man or Adam Kadman.
The common Rabbinic explanation as to why the pluaral form is used in the very revealing phrase: "Let us create Man In our Image" is that G-d Hashem-Elokim, the omniscient one, knower of all things that ever was, is or will be, consulted with angels prior to the creation of man. This rabbinic explanation may immediatly solve the "let us ...in our image" problem, however how many more questions doesthis overly simplistic answer create?
(to be continued-pehaps on a new blog page in this domain)
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