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This midrash was inspired by the question, “who is God speaking to when God says in Genesis , “Let us make the earthling (Adam) in our image, like us…” Rabbi Simon said, “When the Holy One, blessed be He, came to create Adam, the ministering angels formed themselves into groups and parties, some of them saying, ‘Let him be created,’ whilst others urged, ‘let him not be created.’ Thus it is written, Love and Truth fought together, Righteousness and Peace combated each other (Ps. Love said, ‘Let him be created, because he will dispense acts of love;’ Truth said, ‘Let him not be created, because he is compounded of falsehood;’ Righteousness said, ‘Let him be created, because he will perform righteous deeds;’ Peace said, ‘Let him not be created, because he is full of strife.’ What did the Holy One do?
He took Truth and cast it to the ground.” (Genesis Rabbah, 8:5) The “us” according to this midrash are God’s ministering angels who can’t fathom anything good from the creation of humanity which, unlike them, will have free will, and thus be capable of a moral life.
Tonight is Simchat Torah, the celebration of the Torah and the annual cycle of its recitation and study in the Jewish community.
Bereshit is about beginnings: the creation of the earth and all its flora and fauna, including human beings.
It’s probably the best-known Torah text, a part of the Western cannon.
Without the lightning rod of “the Truth”, there can be peace and much more.
(Sparks Beneath The Surface, Kushner & Olitzky) It’s worth taking a moment to recognize that another year has begun and with it comes the opportunity to be moral agents, fallible but capable of doing great things, especially when we recognize that “Truth”—capital “T” – is for God and not for us.