At the Beginning of a New Decade

Before there was matter and energy,
before there was space and time,
there was only the one God.
The Infinite One was unlimited.
All was in harmony.
All was perfect in the realm of unchanging being.
But there was no growth,
no evolution,
no challenge
and no choice.
Worst of all: there were no relationships.
The realm of becoming did not exist.

So the Infinite One decided to become a creator.
In order to do so the Infinite One-the Ayn Sof
underwent Tsimtsum-self limitation,
contracting into an infinitely small singularity.

Then it was possible to create space/time
and matter/energy.
Then it was possible to create
the laws of nature,
both invariable and variable.
Then it was possible to create
feeling and thinking creatures.
Then it was possible to create
self conscious and religious creatures.

Then God was no longer alone.

But since creation must be finite,
limited by the laws of nature and free will,
creation was imperfectly flawed.
Filled with the uncertainty: trials and temptations.

Challenge and change meant that harmony
was replaced with competition and conflict.
Free will meant that errors, egos and evils
replaced static perfection.
Limits were imposed on knowledge and life.

It would be the duties of all the creatures in the universe
created in the image of God
to mend the fractures, tears
and cracks in the universe and restore its unity.

In this process both the Divine One,
and the creatures
created in the Divine image,
would grow together.

So that when the Messiah arrives
with congratulations from the Divine One
for having done our part to
create peace and harmony on our planet,
as other creatures have already done on their planets.

Then it will be, as it was before the beginning,
and God’s name will be One.

May we be the people and this be the decade,
when this universal healing, free will harmony-Shalom,
starts to become that beginning.

About the Author
Rabbi Allen S. Maller has published over 250 articles on Jewish values in over a dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. Rabbi Maller is the author of "Tikunay Nefashot," a spiritually meaningful High Holy Day Machzor, two books of children's short stories, and a popular account of Jewish Mysticism entitled, "God, Sex and Kabbalah." His most recent books are "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms' and "Which Religion Is Right For You?: A 21st Century Kuzari" both available on Amazon.
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