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Hidden in the Beginning
Kabbalah teaches that everything in the revealed world depends on the higher hidden world, its source.
Our Sages explain that the world was created with ten utterances, expressed over the period of the six days of Creation. The word "bereishit/in the beginning" is considered one of them, even though it is not preceded by the words: "and G-d said..."

The Zohar teaches that this hints at the hidden origins of Creation. In fact, the word "bereishit" can be read to mean "[He] created six", referring to the six days of Creation, as all aspects of the created world were initially included within one concealed and all-inclusive entity.
Lighten Up, Partner!
When choosing good, man creates light; when choosing bad, he creates darkness.
If a person didn't have an urge to sin, there wouldn't be sinful acts committed that require rectification through repentance and corrective action. However, G-d created the good and bad inclinations in a person so as to provide him with free choice and thereby with the ability to receive reward and punishment.
Shining Like the Sun
In times to come, both the sun and the moon will shine sevenfold.
In the future, the light of the moon will equal the light of the sun, and both will be sevenfold the light that was revealed during the inauguration of the First Temple.
Soul Steps
Each person gradually perfects the levels of the soul
When G-d first created man, He gathered soil from the four corners of the world. He then drew down into him the breath of life from its source in the spiritual Holy Temple above it to create a living soul. This soul was composed of three levels [in ascending order]: Nefesh, Ruach and Neshama.
Creation and Purpose of Man
Based on Zohar Bereishit 47a
Man was created with free choice to be able to perfect his service in the world.
Shabbat: Blessing for All Creation
The seventh day is the completion and perfection of the entire process of Creation.
All the six supernal days [i.e. the six attributes Above, chesed, gevura, tiferet, netzach, hod, yesod] are blessed by malchut, the final sefira, and each of them receives its sustenance down below in This World from the blessing with which the seventh day is blessed.

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