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Until the last minute - Bereshit

Friday, 1 October, 2021 - 9:19 am

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In this week’s Parasha Bereshit, we read that G-d created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th. But if we read the text closely, we remark that G-d completed the Creation on the 7th day, on Shabbat! (Genesis 2:2). Is it possible that G-d worked on the holy day of the Shabbat?

Our Sages explain that in reality, G-d did not work on Shabbat. He continued to work until the last second on Friday, something that to us humans, seemed like He worked on Shabbat, since we do not know exactly the moment that one day finishes and the next day begins.

But again, why did G-d act in this way? Couldn't he organize Himself better and finish the work a little earlier? :)

The answer is that G-d, through this action, wanted to teach us the value of time and the importance of utilizing it to its fullest potential. Even if we have worked all day long and only one second is left, we need to utilize this one too to illuminate the world!

Shabbat Shalom!

Hanna Hendel

 

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