In the beginning
Bet-(B): House, a vessel defined by a floor, a roof and a wall with an open side, similar to our universe that provides us with a floor, a roof, a wall allowing for verticality and an open future. Bet-(B): is the first of the seven double letters, those that are pronounced hard or soft (bet or vet). As seven they each represent a day of the week and reflect the duality of our daily experience. Bet corresponds with the first day: Sunday and is dominated by chachma-wisdom. Numerical value 2 - representing the first emerge of two, the Creator and the Created. Sefira Correspondence: Chesed-Love . The creation as an act of love.
Resh-(R): Head, Beginning. Also one of the seven double letters dominated by shalom-peace , it represents the process of emerging understanding. Numeric-200. Sefira correspondence: Yesod-foundation. Corresponds to the sixth day, Friday.
Aleph-(A): meaning oxen, thousand, teaching, master. It is the first of the Three Mother Letters and represents, by its form, the light that shines in all directions and the teaching that as above, so below, and vice versa. The number one teaching us of 'The Silent Infinite One' out of which emerges the other while always remaining connected. Sefira correspondence: keter-element of Air.
Shin-(S): meaning change, a tooth, representing the symmetrical eternal flame rising to the heights, the third of the mother letters - fire element. Correspondence: bina. Numeric-300.
Yod-(I): meaning hand, or to thrust, formed by the smallest point and representing the first particle of creation out of which all else emerged (the point out of which
the big bang banged). Numeric-10. Dominant over action, one of the 12 'pshutot-simple' letters - corresponding to Virgo.
Yod: perhaps in the Head was the Yod-the principle of tiny point expanding through the power of the ten. Bar Esh-a pure fire. First two letter and last two letters make up the word BRIT-covenant and the middle two letter is AISH-fire . BREISHIT-Our created home, a covenant of fire that emerged from the Divine Mind.
Tav-(T): meaning seal, impression , the last letter representing the seal of creation. The Seventh of the double letters, related to Shabbat. Numeric-400.
Six letters-six days of creation.
- Berosh-In the head, In the beginning
Okay that's word one, if you're still reading, thank you for your attention. If you are interested in receiving word two, and three, and so on, please email me at email@example.com sufficient and I will send you 'Mila Yomi-The Torah Word of the Day'. As I said earlier, a cyber-minyan of ten is sufficent to justify this activity and once there are ten I will begin next week with MILA 2-word 2. (In case you want to peek ahead, the word is BARA. It's going to be short because we've already seen it as the first three letters in BREISHIT.
If you know anyone who may be interested in learning Torah this way, feel free to forward them this posting.
Click here to read a personal letter of introduction (my bio) that I previously prepared for another purpose. If you already know me, feel free not to read it.
Thank you for your time and I welcome partnership in our work of learning Torah in our time. May our spiritual floodgates open this Shabbat Noach.