Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 12, 2014

Braishees – In the Beginning

This week’s Torah Reading is called Braishees – In the Beginning. The Torah portion is read, this year, immediately after Simchas Torah where we read the final Torah Reading, ViZos HaBracha – And this is the Blessing. Thus we start off from the very beginning right after we have ended on a happy note of blessings and dancing.

In the Torah portion of Braishees we read towards the very end a very strange portion. “The Al-mighty sees that the wickedness of Man was great on the earth and the thoughts of his heart was but evil always.” Thus the Al-mighty feels sad that he created Man on the earth. He decides that he is going to destroy most of what He created and save just Noach, the righteous person and a select group of the birds and the animals.

What a wonderful introduction to the Torah. Just remember, the day before we were dancing and singing with the Torah.
This is heavy. The Al-mighty will indeed in the next portion bring a flood that will destroy the evil in the world and give Man a second chance. This is the positive experience we have with Yom Kippur, a chance to repent and be forgiven so that we can indeed dance with joy on Simchas Torah. We see right at the first portion that Man has an opportunity to have a positive life. The Al-mighty wants us to live good lives with hearts filled with good and not evil. This is taught to us right at the first Torah reading Braishees – In the Beginning. It is with hearts filled with good and acting on this good that will bring about the finale of creation, the building of the 3rd Temple.

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