25 October 2019

Return to Gan Eden

26 Tishrei 5780
Erev Shabbat Kodesh 
Parashat Bereishit - Mevorchim

Many people believe that history follows a straight line with its starting point being Genesis 1:1 and its ending point being the Final Redemption.

This picture illustrates how most people envision time.  

Time is a construct of the physical universe and does not exist on the spiritual plane.  Time is measured and counted according to the progression of the celestial bodies and our planet - all of which circle an orbit in space.  In fact, Judaism teaches that time is circular, not linear, as we also see from the yearly cycle of holidays.  
But, for time to be circular and able to draw on the light of each holiday at its appointed place in the cycle and yet not repeat the same moment in time, it must be a spiral.

But not just any spiral, it has to be a spiral with no beginning and no end.  Or rather, its beginning and its end are the same place.

What this means for us is that Bereishit, "in the beginning," we were in Gan Eden, and with God's help, in the "end," at the final redemption, we will once again find ourselves back where we started - in Gan Eden.  The difference being, we'll be back to stay.

All of history is about returning to Gan Eden.



  1. What a beautiful post! May Redemption come already, in a blink of an eye.

  2. Excellent, consider this also:

    "160. Rabbi Berachiah sat and expounded: Each day we speak of the World to Come. Do we then understand what we are saying? In Aramaic, the “World to Come” is translated “the world that came.”'

    "And what is the meaning of '“the world that came”'? We learned that before the world was created, it arose in thought to create an intense light to illuminate it. He created an intense light over which no created thing could have authority. The Blessed Holy One saw, however, that the world could not endure [this light]. He therefore took a seventh of it and left it in its place for them. The rest He put away for the righteous in the Ultimate Future. He said, '“If they are worthy of this seventh and keep it, I will give them [the rest] in the Final World.”' It is therefore called '“the world that came,”' since it already came [into existence] from the six days of creation. Regarding this it is written (Psalm 31:20), '“How great is Your good that You have hidden away for those who fear You.”'

    Kaplan, Aryeh. The Bahir . Red Wheel Weiser. Kindle Edition.