This Shabbos we begin to read the Torah anew. We begin with the portion of Bereshis which tells us the story of creation.
When you read the story of creation in the Torah, it seems that the process of creation went smoothly and successfully. However, the Talmud and Midrash teach that there were many glitches and challenges along the way.
Just to mention a few:
*On the first day of creation, G-d created light, but, the Talmud teaches us that the light that was created was too strong and G-d had to put it away for the future.
*On the third day of creation, G-d designed the trees to have edible branches, but the trees disobeyed and only sprouted edible fruit.
*On the fourth day of creation, the sun and moon were created to be equals but, the moon complained that “Two kings cannot serve with one crown”, hence the luminaries were altered and the moon was diminished.
*On Thursday, G-d created the fish including the large fish called the Leviathan, then seeing that if the Leviathan would procreate, it would spell the end of the planet, he killed the partner of the Leviathan.
This leads us to the question, why does the Torah coverup all these difficulties and make it sound as if creation was a smooth process?
Judaism teaches that each one of us has his or her own personal story of creation. G-d created the world in an incomplete manner and we are each sent to this world to become a partner in creation by repairing and finishing G-d’s world. Our role in creation can take various forms, to list a few:
We can build a family, we can bring relief to people in need, we can bring G-d’s light in our specific corner of the world through the observance of the Torah.
By the Torah covering up the glitches of Creation, the Torah is teaching us an incredible lesson.
We too will surely have challenges and glitches in our own story of Creation. However, by not lumping together the challenges of Creation into the story of Creation, the Torah is teaching us that our challenges are insignificant compared to the greatness of our accomplishments, which are the true story of our lives.
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