Bereshit - A private lesson from the Creator

Be`ezrat Hashem we`re starting a new round of Torah reading from Bereshit. The Torah remains unchanged as in the past, but we have changed, the world has changed, and so we return to the same Torah but as different people - better (hopefully).

This Parashah probably doesn`t need to be presented before talking about it. The creation of the world, the foundation of faith in general and of the Jewish faith in particular. "That in six days The Lord created the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day He ceased and rested”.

Hashem, in His many mercies created the world, and within it created beings so that He would have with whom to share His goodness, that until the creation of the world He was alone, without any associate [with Him].

After six days in which he created the whole world, from the creation of light to the variety of beasts and animals, he went to create man, the crown of creation, the purpose of the creation of the world, for which all other things were created for his use.

While in all of creation, it is said "And God said..." that the Lord spoke and things were created, without doing anything and without asking and consulting with anyone, as it is written "He said and be, He commanded and will stand”, here, when it comes to creating the tiara of creation there is something that seems "unusual". "And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness." In plural? Is God not unique and special; there is no other besides him!? Who then is the one with whom he speaks?

Moreover, it gives a great opening to the heretics, from which they will prove that there is more than One God (God forbid).

Rashi explains that we have learned from here the humility of Hashem.

Hashem consulted with the angels who were created on the second day of creation, and all this why? To teach us humans what it means to be humble. God, the Creator of the world, who created the angels only a few days earlier, comes and consults with them whether to create man or not. Of course, he does not need their advice and even if they want to they have no way to help him, yet he lowers his greatness and asks them.

He wants to teach us that sometimes when we are in control, with an important position and there are workers below us, we should be humbles and not take advantage of our status to transcend and exalt ourselves above others, but sometimes also to lower ourselves and consult with others.

And even if we are not in such a position, then at least at home when there are children, where we are the ones in control and are supposed to tell them what to do, even then not do it as a desire for control and respect, rather speak softly and respectfully even to those younger than us; ask their advice and hear what they have to say. As an act of humility, but also because sometimes their point of view is what will help us succeed. As it is written, "From all my teachers I became wise."

Hashem has done all this, even though there may be people who may make such a serious mistake in thinking that there is another power besides Him, in order to teach us what humility is, and how we should behave amongst family, friends and the workplace.


©2020 by Rabbi Biton - The Jewish Experience CT

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