Astronomy / Brisk / Soloveitchik / Creation / Volozhin

Ma’aseh Bereshit (Creation) on a daily Basis

Photo: Miriam Woelke
“Nefesh HaChaim” by Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin


This Shabbat is “Shabbat Bereshit” where we start a new Torah cycle. I have so many religious books standing on my shelves that I finally decided to go through all of them. One by one.
At the moment I am reading the first part of a biography on the Brisker Rabbis. In particular about Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev (Velvele) Soloveitchik. Parallel to this I am studying the famous Sefer “Nefesh HaChaim” by Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik. The Soloveitchik family are descendants of Rabbi Chaim who studied under the Vilna Gaon.
In the first chapters, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin writes about the greatness of G-d and His Creation from nothing (Yesh miAyin). Not only that G-d created the world and our entire universe once, but He does so every day anew. When the sun rises and a new day begins, G-d creates His world anew. Without Him and His G-dly will (Ratzon) everything would just cease to exist.
This is nothing new and I have written about this concept many times. It isn’t only Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin making this statement but many other Rabbis too. Unfortunately, we humans don’t always appreciate the daily Creation but take everything for granted. The sun comes up and a new day begins. “Shit because I have to get up and go to work”. This is basically our first thought unless you are totally frum and immediately start saying “Modeh Ani”. 🙂
Other planets besides the sun seem to be less important to us. Couldn’t we live without the Moon or Jupiter?
Many people don’t realize that all planets fulfill a specific task. The Moon, for instance, is in charge of our seasons and the tides. Jupiter has a tremendous gravity and keeps away deadly asteroids from hitting Earth.
It is up to us realizing the significance of Creation and never forget to appreciate it!

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