Completing Creation

Our physical existence, like the creation of the physical world, depends on spiritual, sacred focus for completeness.

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Rashi seems to be less concerned with the mechanics of the physical aspects of the creation story and more concerned that we understand that our cosmos has more than only a physical dimension to it. What's true for the world as a whole is true for each individual: one becomes complete not when one's body finishes growing up but when one takes on a holy purpose in life. This parashah is only "Bereshit," the beginning--the rest of the Torah remains to help us learn what that is, and what we are truly capable of.

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Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger

Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger is currently the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY. A former student at Kolel, he served as Kolel's Director of Outreach from late 1999-2001. He was ordained in the first graduating class of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, and holds a Master's of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto.