October 12, 2023 / 7 Tishrei, 5784 • Parshat Bereishit
Issue 790
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

G-d said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 

Genesis 1:3

G-d seeks “partners” in His ongoing re-creation of the world. Thus, whenever we take upon ourselves to begin some project intended to promote holiness, goodness, and Divine consciousness in the world, we should remember that we are G-d’s emissaries in this endeavor, acting on His behalf.

This being the case, our own “act of creation” must take its cue from G-d’s creation of the world. Just as the initial state of reality seemed antithetical to Divine consciousness – void, chaotic, and dark – so will there be challenges and obstacles to our own creative projects. Nonetheless, just as light broke through and illuminated the world on the first day of creation, paving the way for the rest of the creative process to unfold, so too, when we resolve to see our endeavors through to fruition, G-d will turn the tables, and light and order will displace chaos and darkness.

--Daily Wisdom3