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Shabbat Nugget: Parashat Bereshit

Our Rabbis teach that the final letters of the words Beraishis Bara Elokim (In the beginning G-d created) the first three words of the Torah form the word Emes (truth).  This teaches us that the teachings of the Torah are the ultimate truth.

One may ask, why only the end of these words contain the word Truth, why did he not begin the Torah with the words whose beginning letters spell Emes (truth)?

I saw an insightful answer to this question.  The Torah is the ultimate truth, however, it is not always apparent that this is the case.

At times, the Torah tells us to do things that are unpopular or are most difficult and we don’t understand the reasoning behind these dictates.  However, when we follow the Torah regardless at the end we see the truth of G-d’s word, since the Torah ultimately brings goodness and joy to a fractured world filled with discontent.

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of “Finding the Joy in Everyday Living,” a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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