Sunday, October 18, 2009


The word “B'Reishit” (In the beginning) – the first word of the Torah - is a hint that the world was created in the month of Tishrei. B'Reishit and B'Tishrei are composed of the same Hebrew letters.

It is also a hint to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Kabbalah -  Zohar – because the letters of his name are included in the word “B'Reishit.”

In starting with the second letter of the alphabet, Bet, and not the first letter, Aleph, the Torah tells us that it is coming from the world second in closeness to God, “Briah,” or the World of Creation, and not the first in closeness, “Atzilut,” which starts with Aleph. That is why the second word of the Torah is “Bara” - Created.

The first letter Beit together with the last letter of the Torah, Lamed, is a hint to 32 (Bet=2, Lamed=30) paths of wisdom, hidden mysterious ways, different for each individual, by which wisdom can be acquired.

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