By Carol Ochs

Drawing on traditions of Jewish biblical remark, the writer employs the production account in Genesis to teach how realizing God's creativity may give us braveness to move on after we think about a way forward for persevered trials and screw ups, simply because we will reaffirm that we're created in God's picture.

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5 If the earth were created at the same time as heaven, the earth would have meaning.  As the creation of the earth progresses, God repeatedly finds the earthly creations good.  If the earth is granted ontological priority, then heaven is merely a projection of our values.  The talmudic response that both were created at the same time allows us to be co­creators while simultaneously affirming that real standards exist independently of our values.  Creativity is a transformative way.  Our actions and interactions in the world bring us, at times, in Page 33 touch with something more enduring than the particular event, object, or choice we are dealing with.

Though the world is constantly renewed, God sees it fall further and further from the ideal and finally decides to destroy, rather than create.  Whatever else was negated in the Flood, our role as co­creator remains.  Such thoughts, while frightening, bring into sharp focus a central story in Genesis, referred to in Jewish tradition as the Akedah, or "binding" of Isaac.  Since it was first written down, the story has been retold, chewed over, interpreted, and reinterpreted many times.  They belong to themselves.

The darkness of our creative process can be understood on three related levels: first, that which cannot be understood (for example, the knowledge of ignorance); second, that which cannot be imagined; and third, that which entails pain and suffering.  His experience of darkness did not shake Pharoah's view of the world, but we can allow our world to be shattered and creatively restructured by acknowledging the darkness that surrounds our experience of light.  But rather than picture ourselves, we should be ourselves and experience who we truly are.

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