This portion talks about the process of Creation, and about the Garden of Eden, which we know does not connote a physical place, but rather represents a place of spiritual connection. Within the middle of the Garden of Eden is the Etz Chaim, or the Tree of Life, which holds within it everything we need in order to bring about the Gemar HaTikun, the End of the Correction. And Shabbat Beresheet is the Shabbat of the Etz Chaim; this is the Shabbat when that Light of the Tree of Life is revealed in its totality.
Rashi, the great kabbalist and commentator, says the Tree of Life was in the middle of the Garden. Why was the location of the Tree of Life important? It is not in the corner, it is not on the side… it is exactly in the middle of the Garden of Eden. So, what understanding, what secret does that location tell us?
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