We’re all stardust, re-mixed chemical elements forged in some distant supernova. We’re all broken shards, fallen from the primordial shattering. We’re all reflected light, glimmering with the Source of Light. We’re all builders, making and re-making the world one brick and one breath at a time.
Whatever your metaphor for who we are and what we do, your metaphor probably grounds in the foundation of some first principle – some First Build of mind and identity.
For us at Bayit, our first principle is that we – us and you – are builders of the Jewish future. So this year, for a whole year, we’ll mine Torah’s wisdom for lessons about building and builders.
As the Torah cycle begins anew with Parshat Bereishit, we begin as Torah begins – with the primordial building story that is the Creation at Torah’s very beginning (“a very good place to start“). One translation opens, “When God began to create heaven and earth, the land was a jumbled mess, with darkness on the face of the deep. And the spirit of God hovered…” (Gen. 1:1-2). Then came light, sky, sea, land, vegetation, stars, sun and moon, fish and birds, land creatures and first humans – a primordial building of sorts.
Reading this Creation story through a builder’s lens, we needn’t be architects or contractors to find a master plan for how to build. Here are seven foundation principles for building the Jewish future...
This week we're reading parashat Bereshit -- the first portion in the Torah -- and we're launching a new series on Builders Blog. Each week a different person will share thoughts on the weekly Torah portion, drawing out themes of building. Our first installment comes from Rabbi David Markus, and it's a gorgeous post about seven principles for builders (enriched by sketchnotes from builder Steve Silbert!) Read it here: First Build: Seven Foundation Principles for Spiritual Builders.