“In the Beginning, Elokim created the Heaven and the Earth” (Gen 1:1).
At the conclusion of the story of Creation, the Torah says that God was pleased with the world he had created; the word‘ahsah’ (made or did) is used to describe what God did. However, the first verse uses the word 'bahrah' (created). What is the difference between them? Furthermore, why does the Torah use both terms?
Our Sages of Blessed Memory have taught us that ‘creating’ and ‘making’ are two very different things. The word ‘creating’ implies something that is made from nothing; obviously, this is something only God can do. On the other hand, the word ‘making’ implies something that is made from something else. This means BOTH God and Mankind are capable of ‘making’.
To understand why the Torah uses both terms, we must understand the true nature of Creation. Some parts of creation are infinite and others are finite or limited. Anything that came into existence via 'barah' is infinite, but things that came into existence via 'asah' are not. In other words, GOD LEFT THE WORLD FOR US TO FINISH! We are an integral part of the Creation! It is our sacred duty to finish off the parts of the world that were left to us. Each one of us has a special, unique talent that will help complete the world...none of us can do it all! Our mission is to join together, support and help one another, and complete the world together.
May it be the Will of God that, as we study Torah together, we take to heart the messages of this week's Parsha and that we continue to grow from strength to strength.