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And what if Genesis is not history but prophecy.
Cr(e)ation starts with a house.
But the word Bayit does *also* start with a bet.
So we can create a correspondence there. But not the way moron did it.
But, Dong, let's throw a pearl out here now. I know, I know. But still.
The word "Beraishit".
That is "Bet", "Raish", "Aleph", "Shin", "Yod", "Tav".
So let's pry that word apart a little...
The first letter is a "Bet".
And...the last two letters are... yes.. they are...
"Yod" and "Tav".
And what does that spell? "Bet", "Yod", "Tav"?
Bayit. Which actually does mean "house".
I accept your apology.
From the vault, posted to USENET in 1999. Spelling mistakes and all.
Seems relevant to this question about the first letter.
Note: Bet, is also the first letter of the Sefer Yetzirah; the below is
commentary on what that could mean.
Note: Elohim appears 32 times in the story of creation to be
particularly significant in relation to the 32 paths on the tree of
life. And the order I wrote them out, as it was written out in this
difficult text, is the order they appear in the creation myth. But it
also should be noted that "Elohim said" ten times. "Elohim made" three
times. "Elohim saw" seven times.
I am going to try and transate from the Ra'bad's introductory comments
on the Sefer Yetsirah. Now his introduction is 19 pages long. I am going
to translate up to where the fifty gates are listed in relation to
specific lines from Job.
My Hebrew is really not that good; and so I claim no accuracy whatsoever
in the translation. Do not base any academic confidence on my translation.
That being said I am sure that a reasonable amount will be successfully
From the Sefer Yetsirah, Published by the Press of the "Yeshivat Kol
Yehuda" for the Dissemination of the study of the Kabbalah, PO BOX 14168,
The Old City, Jerusalem Israel, 1990
my comments or Hebrew words that correspond to my translation in brackets.
"In thirty two pathways (ntivot)". (The word 'in' in English is the letter
Bet in Hebrew and the first letter of the Hebrew Bible is Bet and the
first word is Beraishit). The 'bet' in "In thirty..." is like the 'bet' of
'In the beginning." Its elucidation can be seen in the phrase "The
beginning of wisdom is the awe of The Name" - from which depends the
energy of material reality. And these are the thirty-two energies that are
called in the name of God (Elohim). And these are them in the order of the
verses that are in the first portion of the portion of Genesis:
(1) In the beginning Elohim created...
(2) And the spirit of Elohim hovered...
(3) Elohim said "Let there be light"...
(4) Elohim saw that the light was good...
(5) Elohim seperated between the light...
(6) Elohim called to the light: "Day"...
(7) Elohim said let there be a firmanent...
(8) Elohim made the firmanent...
(9) Elohim called to the firmanent Heavens...
(10) Elohim said "Let the waters be gathered...
(11) Elohim called to the dry land "Earth"...
(12) Elohim saw that it was good...
(13) Elohim said "Let the earth sprout vegetation...
(14) Elohim saw that it was good...
(15) Elohim said "Let there be luminaries...
(16) Elohim made the two luminaries...
(17) Elohim set them in the firmanent of the heavens...
(18) Elohim saw it was good...
(19) Elohim said "Let the waters teem...
(20) Elohim created the sea monsters...
(21) Elohim saw it was good...
(22) Elohim blessed them saying "Be fruitful and multiply...
(23) Elohim said "Let the earth bring forth...
(24) Elohim made the beasts of the earth...
(25) Elohim saw it was good...
(26) Elohim said "Let us make man...
(27) Elohim created man...
(28) In the image (Tzelem) of Elohim he created him...
(29) Elohim blessed them...
(30) Elohim said "Be fruitful and multiply...
(31) Elohim said "Behold I have given to you...
(32) Elohim saw all that he had made...
And it is already known in the wisdom of the celestial philosophers that
there is one common substance (chomer) and it is the substance (nosah) for
the four elements and it is called in the Greek language "Hyuli". And the
materiality of this substance is that it is not like all materials that be
found. All other materials can be seperated into two categories of common
energy. This can be understood through a metaphor - like an ear of corn in
the corn, or the teeth of a one-day old baby. But the corn currently does
not have the ear, and neither does a one-day old baby have teeth. And when
they come out from the the energy to the active they have departed from
the first energy. However to recall the substance (chomer), that is the
Hyuli does not depart from its state clothed in the four elements and
there has been no time from the times that would order the elemental
energies from it. And hence it is said about this substance that it is
neither potential or kinetic energy, but it proffered in its own
materiality between that which is potential and that which is kinetic, and
it is the end and the beginning of all that is found. And all that is
found from the upper crown and below - not all of it can be found - rather
from its axiom and its materiality, and it can not be judged by any other
category, not from the category of prescence and abscence - because it is
the beginning of all materiality. And it is called the language of the
prophets 'Golem' as it is said "..?.. (galami) they saw your eyes". The
elucidation is he (..?..) (golem) of wisdom is the yod. Because he is like
golem without form but he is ready to accept all forms, they saw your eyes
and on your book everything will be written. The explanation is that text
(Chokmah) and number (Tiferent) and telling (ateret) because of the wisdom
(chokmah). That is, the yod in it will be written and formed and
all actually above and below.
The days were formed and not one in them, they are the six days of
creation (ma'aseh) from Binah and below. As it is said to you - The Name
is the greatness (Gedulah), the severe (Gevurah), the beauty (tiferet),
the victory (netzach) and the splendour (Hod) that is in all the heavens.
And behold six names that are active in the six days of creation.
The elucidation is this - Each one of these six names was actively working
for day one and then all. And not one in them. The elucidation - And it
was not written with an Aleph...
That was all I translated at the time so many years ago. Kind of