Beresheet – Beginning

*In a poetic and metaphorical—though never literal—sense there are ideas and qualities that endure as Godliness. Theology

1 In the beginning, God created, the sky, and the earth. 2 And the earth, was in chaos, and darkness covered the depths; and the spirit of God, soared above the surface of the waters. 3 And God said, let there be light; and light appeared.

Genesis 1

Divine wondrous miracles appeared at creation as cosmic energy formed elementary particles and the universe began to reverberate – alive, a vibrant and sentient entity.

4 God distinguished between the light and the darkness. 5 God called the light day and the darkness night; so there was evening and morning: the first day.

Genesis 1

Time began to flow through space as vibrations forced particles to become atoms and then allow whole molecules into contact. That molecular friction created heat and heat warmed into passion. Passions of all types began to swell into the universe, galaxies and myriads of solar systems. Finally, after millions of years, stars matured or imploded and dissipated.

A tiny planet whirled and awakened from rock and volcanic fire when life began there.

26 God said, we will make a human in our image; let it rule over the fish in the seas and the birds of the air and the animals and the land, and all crawling creepers on the land.

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There was no precise creation of man and woman rather these creatures eventually stood upright and gazed around them – alive, vibrant and sentient entities. For some time, they noticed the world around them as they foraged for food and sought shelter.

At dawn, a passion for fun and laughter made them gather to break bread together. They thirst with a passion for knowledge at midnight. They felt a passion for the beauty at sunset.

Then the passions subsided and they rested alongside one another. This, of course, brought on a singular passion to possess one another’s physical being.

As the sun rose over the horizon, higher and more beautifully on some mornings, the creatures were overcome with a passion to know WHY. That is when their imaginations soared and God was created in their own image – alive, a vibrant and sentient entity.

31 God saw all that had been created and found it was very good; so there was evening and morning: the sixth day.

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Midrash Harabah and English translations by Rabbi Gail Shuster-Bouskila ©2020

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