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Bereishit 1:1 states, “In the beginning Elokim created the heaves and the earth. The earth was tohu and bohu and there was darkness on the face of the depths, and the Spirit of Elokim hovered over the surface of the water.”
What is tohu? Tohu is a green lime which goes around the world, and is the source of darkness. What is bohu? Bohu refers to wet rocks sunk in the depths from which water springs.
In the Midrash (Brayshit Rabba 10:2), The creation of the world can be compared to a public bath in whose floor were two fine mosaics. As long as the bath is filled with water the art-work is not visible. When the water is drained on can appreciate the mosaics. So too, as long as the world was tohu and bohu, the work of heaven and eart was not visible. When tohu and bohu were removed the work of heaven and earth could be appreciated.
From “Mysteries of the Creation” by Rabbi Dovid Brown. We are studying from the following pages: pg. 49–56.
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