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Parshas Tazria 5775

In the beginning of this week’s parsha the Medrash comments, “This is the meaning of the Possuk (Tehilim 139/5) Later on and beforehand Y.u formed me… Raish Lokish said, “ochor” (later on) refers to the last day of Creation, “vekedem” (beforehand) refers to the first day of Creation. (Raish Lokish explains) if the person is worthy then they say to him you were created before the whole creation. If he is not worthy, then they say to him that even flies and little worms were created before you.” 

In other words, Hashem didn’t create Adam on one singular day. Rather Adam’s creation was split into two; his spiritual side was created on the first day and the physical side of him was created on the sixth day. 

Raish Lokish teaches us that if he is worthy then he is considered to be created on the first day of creation. On the other hand,  if he isn’t worthy then he is considered to be created only on the last day of creation. 

Zera Shimshon asks how can we understand this? If the main part of Adam is his spiritual side then he should be considered to be created on the first day regardless of his merits. If his main part is his physical side, then he should be considered to be created on the last day, regardless of his flaws. How can our merits change history and determine on which day we were created? 

He answers in light of the Ra“v’s explanation of the Mishna in Pirkei Avos (3/9), “Whoever’s fear of sin precedes his wisdom, his wisdom will remain”. The Rav explains that this does not mean simply that whoever’s fear of sin precedes in time to his learning Torah then he will not forget his learning. Rather it means that whoever’s the fear of sin is the motivation for his learning (meaning that he learns to know from what sins to stay away) then what he learns will help him to, in actuality, stay away from sin.  This explanation, the Ra“v explains, is based on the concept “the end product is the manifestation of the orginal thought”.

 Zera Shimshon explains that the purpose of the creation of Man with both a spiritual element and a physical element was that the spiritual side will rule over and direct the physical side to serve Hashem. (As HaRav Shteinman writes, “Hashem did not create us to be bodiless creatures like angels (malachim) but to be like Eliyahu HaNavi.”)

According to this we can now understand the Medrash. If we are worthy, meaning our spiritual element rules over our bodies then we are actuallizing the orginal idea or our creation. Therefore it is considered as we were already created at the time of the orginal thought, i.e. on the first day of the Creation. However if we are not worthy (the spiritual element does not rule over the bodily element) then our existence is disconnected from  the original thought and it cannot be considered as we were created at the time of the original thought. Therefore it is if we were actually created on the last day of Creation.

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Parshas Tazria

In the beginning of this week’s parsha the Medrash comments, “This is the meaning of the Posuk (Tehilim 139/5 ) Afterwords and beforehand Y.u formed me… Raish Lokish said, “ochor” (afterwords) refers to the last day of Creation, “vekedem” (beforehand) refers to the first day of Creation. (Raish Lokish explains) if the person is worthy then they say to him you were created before the whole creation. If he is not worthy, then they say to him that even flies and little worms were created before you.”

In other words, Hashem didn’t create Adam on one singular day. Rather Adam’s creation was split into two; his spiritual side was created on the first day and the physical side of him was created on the sixth day.

Raish Lokish teaches us that if he is worthy then he is the most superior being in the whole universe and he is considered to be created in the beginning of Creation. However, if he doesn’t live up to standard then he is considered to be the most inferior being in the whole universe and he is considered to be created at the end of Creation.

Zera Shimshon asks how can this be? If the main part of Adam is his spiritual side then we should considered to be created on the first day regardless of his merits. If his main part is his physical side, then he should be considered to be created on the last day, regardless of his flaws. How can our merits change history and determine on which day we were created?

He answers that if one merits to do Hashem’s will then the neshama conquers, subjugates and sanctifies his physical side to such a degreee that the physical side also shines like the neshama. He is considered “fully neshama“!

On the other hand, if one does not do Hashem’s will and he doesn’t merit then our physical side conquers, subjugates, and defiles our neshama just like it.

According to this we can now understand the Medrash. Our neshamos were created on the first day of Creation and our bodies on the last day. This is a historical fact that can’t be changed.

It is in our hand, however, to determine who WE are. If we do Hashe’s will, then our neshama rules over our bodies, and WE become wholly neshamos. Since we are only neshomo then it is considered that we were created on the first day.

If, however, we allow our bodies to rule over our neshamos then we become wholly physical body and consequently it is considered that we were created on the last day.

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