The reason why I am writing a little less at the moment is very simple: I started going through all my notes, hundreds of copies from various sources as well as through all my unread books. Chassidic history, politics, Kabbalah, Torah, Halacha, Mussar, you name it. I have been collecting lots of material for new articles. It is a lot of work and Judaism is endless anyway. There is no Jew in this world who can say that he studied everything. 🙂
At the moment, I am going through a further book written by Rabbi Zamir Cohen. Most of his books are only in Hebrew but one has been translated into English. What Rabbi Cohen does is giving fantastic information on scientific subjects. How Judaism responds to science and whether there is a contradiction. Furthermore, he writes about dinosaurs, evolution, creation, health and all kinds of subjects. I love his books because he also provides great sources. There is so much to learn and it seems endless.
In one of his books he writes about the famous 974 generations which were created before G – d created our world. There is a lot of Jewish kabbalistic literature on the subject.
The whole idea is based on a Pasuk in Tehillim (Psalms) and Talmud Chagigah. I am going to write about the subject in length a little later. According to Talmud Chagigah, these 974 generations were created spiritually. Meaning, only souls. And, as far as I understood, these souls have been placed in different generations since Adam HaRishon. For instance, the generation of Enosh, the generation of the Flood, the people of Sodom or the generation in Egypt and the Exodus. The main goal was a Tikun (soul rectification) for these souls but it went wrong over and over again.
However, in one of his books, Rabbi Zamir Cohen quotes a lot from the Midrash Rabbah and, according to him, the 974 generations were actually people living before our world was created. They were evil and got destroyed. I know that there are opinions like that. G – d created many worlds and destroyed them until He, eventually created our world.
Is it only me getting confused here ? Once, the generations were created but only their souls existed. According to a second opinion, previous worlds did exist and got destroyed.
What Talmud Chagigah also teaches us is the prohibition of investigating what happened before the creation of our world. There is not much to investigate anyway, as we simply don’t know. Scientist think they know everything but who can tell what happened before the Big Bang.
All different opinions make it very hard to write about the 974 generations. There is no other choice but quoting from a lot of sources but don’t expect any definite answer. 🙂
I am reading all this stuff but I don’t get excited. There are people who easily freak out with such kabbalistic ideas. Maybe I am too old but I find it much more important working on myself and improving a little instead of flying through different worlds. 🙂