28 Oct Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat B’reishit 5777
This Shabbat we begin our cycle of Torah readings (truth be told it was actually started earlier this week on Simchat Torah) by reading from Parashat B’reishit, the first Torah portion in the book of Genesis and therefore the first of the Torah. As this is also the first year of the triennial cycle, we are truly starting the Torah from the beginning. And what better place to start is there than the beginning of God’s creating the world, when the world was “Tohu Vavohu” an unformed, unorganized mass of unknown things. God, in God’s incredible power, was able to create the magnificent universe in which we live from this “Tohu Vavohu.” But sometimes it feels as if our own lives, even existing in the universe God created are themselves unformed and unorganized. In those moments, we try to remember that ultimately God created us in God’s image and so we too have the power to make beauty out of our own individual sets of “Tohu Vavohu”.