Wednesday, 03 Oct 2007

Written by Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire

My eight year old daughter asked the inevitable question, ‘What was there before creation’?  


The rabbis in Midrash Bereshit Rabbah (1.4) ask in the same vein and list the things that preceded creation: The six things that are needed to be present in order for the world and humanity to be created. These six things pre-exist creation because they are the raw ingredients which fused together will create a huge bang! Two of them are said to be actually present before creation and the other four contemplated by God but not yet formed. 

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