Bereishit – Let there be light

God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Bereishit 1:3).

Let there be light
An incandescent beam flowed
from world’s beginning
to world’s end:
illuminating, blinding.

Radiance concealed
in an opaque concavity:
cosmic energy
of creation, contained.

Seismic shudders
agitated from within,
the force was too great:
the vessel shattered.

The light splintered:
a luminous shower
of glittering atoms
plummeted earthwards.

Now we gather the sparks
and redeem the light.


In the Sefer HaBahir, the first light was depicted as being so bright it illuminated the world from one end to the other. However, it was so blinding for the creatures that God concealed it.

Lurianic Kabbalah describes the light of creation being contained in a vessel. The vessel shattered and the light was dispersed. Some sparks returned straight away to the Source while the rest, entangled with the shards of the vessel, fell to earth and became scattered all over. Seeking out the sparks and restoring them to their Source is the task of humanity – this is the concept of tikkun olam.

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