This week we start reading very important parsha – parsha that talks about the creation of the Universe – both material and spiritual – Parsha Bereshit.I have no words to depict the complexity and richness of every single letter/punctuation/etc as a lot has been written on the topic and I’ll be definitely not a match. That being said, I do want to share with you my personal discovery, and though it is very small and probably insignificant, I feel tramendous joy as I finally resolved the issue that was bothering me for quite some time.
It is said: “Bereshit Bara Elokim at HaShamaim v-at HaAretz”, which roughly translates to “In the beginning G-d Created heavens and earth”. What bothered me the most was the fact that according to Kabbalah the whole creation was already completed on the forth word of the first sentence – “at” (which in Hebrew is a preposition and therefore isn’t translated – one of many reasons why Torah and other holy scriptures lose their meaning once they’re translated to another language).
The preposition “At” consists from two Hebrew letters – Aleph and Tav, and since our corporeal/material universe (including cosmos and all galaxies that we know of or yet to discover) where created with 22 Hebrew letters (and the five spiritual wolrds where created with the five ending letters) the first occurrence of this preposition signifies the fact that it is the creation of Malcut – the last emination of Divine Existance. Moreover do note that it is the forth word in the sentence which hints to the world of Asiya – the last of four spiritual worlds that were created (i.e. Atzilut, Beriya, Yetzira, Asiya) and therefore the preposition hints to the creation of Malchut of Olam HaAsiya, in Kabbalistic language Malcut De-Asiya (each time preposition “de” is used it implies “part of”).
What I couldn’t figure out is how come after Malchut De-Asiya was created, and obviosuly everything which was part of it was created at that moment, the Torah keeps telling us about the creation of Heaven and Earth, vegetation and water and even human life, which is part of Malchut De-Asiya.
I found answer to my dilemma in Rashi. Rashi tells us that even though it is said that vegetation/water/man/etc was created on day X, what it really means is that this object was merely placed into existence, however the actual creation happened before the action of placement took place!
Now we can see that there is no conflict between Sod and Pshat – Kabbalah and Simple Meaning of Torah – even though the actual act of creation was completed at the forth word of Torah the actual placement happened in the sentences that follow.