Friday, January 05, 2007

B'Reishit, The Left Emanation In Unity

'כדאמרינן בראשית ואין ראשית אלא חכמה שנאמר ראשית חכמה יראת ה
Sefer HaBahir, verse 3 excerpt

Traditional interpretation: It is thus written (Bereshit 1:1), "In the beginning (bereshit) [G-d created the heavens and the earth." BeReishit is Beit Reishit. The word "beginning" (Reishit) is nothing other than Wisdom. It is thus written (Tehillim 111:10), "The beginning is Wisdom, the fear of G-d."

With a gematria of 911, Reishit ראשית has a digit sum of 11. The number 11 pertains to the sefirot of the feminine universe of Tohu and the complete rectification of evil [1]. This task is a woman's mitzvah. Consequently, we can see that while "Beit" may pertain to Wisdom, "Reishit" pertains to the rectified feminine Left Emanation. "With Reishit" (B'Reishit) elevates the rectified feminine Left Emanation back into the realm kedushah. With a gematria of 913, B'Reishit has a digit sum of 13, echad.

The "fear of G-d" is the Divine Feminine.


[1] Inner Space, R' Aryeh Kaplan (p. 86)

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