Thursday, October 15, 2009

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The Beginning

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

This week we read the first portion of the Torah. The Torah is the story of mankind’s, more specifically the Jewish people’s, journey on earth. As such, it is fitting that it begins with the story of the creation of the world.

Until quite recently, the world’s scientific community scoffed at the Torah’s teaching that the world has been created. They taunted, “Where is your proof for such a notion?” They insisted that the world had always been.

Now, almost all scientists agree that, indeed, the world has been created.

A number of interesting things come from this change in scientific understanding. It is now clear that the Torah is not merely a book that has been handed down from father to son. For, if it was, who was the first father standing there to witness the creation, and pass that information on? Obviously, no one on earth could have seen the creation.

But even now, many scientists object to the Torah’s teaching that the creation is made from absolutely nothing. They claim that it was not created from nothing, rather from a very small amount of mass (a few millimeters across). They say that this tiny mass exploded, scattered, and formed the universe.

Look at the Torah’s explanation, recorded by the Sages almost two thousand years ago: “The world was created as one rock and it rushed to expand in order to fulfill G-d’s wish.”[i]

Recently, some leading scientists have come to agree that this “one rock” must have been created from nothing.

As we see, science is rushing to catch up with us, again.

[i] Bereishis Rabbah 5:7

Picture: "Big Bang" by David Friedman - Kabbalah Art. Check out the incredible kabbalah themed art at his site.

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