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Shorts: Bereishis - Hakaras Hatov

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Shorts: Bereishis - Hakaras Hatov

Shorts: The reason for the creation. Recognize the good.

This week’s parasha, Parashas Bereishis, the Torah reveals all the details in the creation of the world by explaining every day and its nuance of the way Hashem created the world. 

   

Why is this knowledge of every nuance of the creation important and essential to our understanding? Rashi further explains the Torah could have started with the first mitzvahHachodesh hazeh yiyeh lochem. However, Rashi explains from Chazal that it is important to note that Hashem created the world in the beginning. But why does the Torah need to emphasize each nuance of the way Hashem created the world? 


The fact that the Torah details how Hashem created the world was necessary to our knowledge and an introduction to the mitzvah of Hachodesh hazeh lochem.


My grandfather Zt”l told me when he learned in Slabodka, the Alter of Slabodka came home one Friday night, stood at his front door, and put his hand on the mezuza. He stayed in that position for a few minutes, deep in thought. All the people around the Alter of Slabodka assumed that he was thinking profound ideas about Shabbos, or maybe about the mezuza. They wanted to know why the Alter did a peculiar act. During the meal, one of his talmidim dared to ask, ‘Rebbe, what were you thinking when you were standing at the door?’ The Alter of Slabodka turned to the student and answered, “When I eat the meal,” which didn’t take long, “then there is not enough time for me to appreciate all the hard effort that the rebbetzin put into making the food, all the hours that it took to get ready. Therefore, I stop at the entrance and take a moment to think through the necessary steps and effort that want into preparing the meal, so that I should be makir tov - appreciating the good to the rebbetzin.


The same applies to us. A crucial aspect of Yiddishkeit is to be makir tov and appreciate everything we get. Hashem wants us to understand how He created the world so that we should appreciate the world. If we know each step of the creation, we can value Hashem's creation more than if we come, and it is all nicely laid out without understanding what went into the world. The word ‘ki tov’ is written here many times to express the point of appreciation. That is a fundamental aspect of life. Hashem does good, and we must see the good. Furthermore, this is why the Torah prefaces it initially as an introduction to the Torah and Mitzvos

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