The yearly cycle of reading the Torah, which concludes and then begins again on Simchat Torah, is a never-ending mobius strip of ever increasing self knowledge and exploration. The Torah’s concluding words, “before the eyes of all Israel,” point to an incident which occurred midway through the Torah narrative, one in which Moshe’s laser-sharp response to a gathering spiritual crisis changed everything in life since then, enabling us to begin the adventure of Torah anew each year, with new eyes and pure hearts.
B’reishith (Genesis 1:1-6:8)
Parashat B’reishith is read on Shabbat:
Tishrei 27, 5776/October 10, 2015