|John K Clark
|Queen’s Park Synagogue
Before Creation - Text
Dome - Before Creation
"By means of 32 mysterious paths did the eternal, Lord of Hosts, the Supreme God of Israel,.... engrave and establish His name and created his world."
The concept for the Dome is basically simple, it is the time before the Creation.
In the text below is contained the the idea of God consulting and then using the Torah.
The concept for the dome was developed from the ideas contained in the Sefer Yetzirah
- Book of Creation, ascribed to Abraham. It is the oldest speculative work in Hebrew.
The keynote of the work is provided by the opening statement
"By means of 32 mysterious paths did the eternal, Lord of Hosts, the Supreme God of Israel,.... engrave and establish His name and created his world." The thirty two paths are the twenty two letters of the alphabet and the together with what are designated the ten Sefiroth.
The name Sefiroth has been connected with the word sappir (sapphire) which gives a link to the heavenly throne in Exod 24.10 and Ezek 1.26. which is said to be made of Sapphire. The Sefiroth would accordingly owe their name to sapphire like rays which God poured forth at creation. They are said to contain the three entities 1. spirit/air, 2. water, 3. fire. The six others are the six dimensions of space. The four cardinal points of the compass plus height and depth and the Spirit of God. The Sefiroth are described as "without anything". They are abstracts, non material entities constituting, as it were, the moulds or forms into which all created things were originally cast. The letters on the other hand are the prime cause of matter which, by its union with the forms, gave rise to the world of corporeal beings. The part the letters played in the creation.
The letters of the alphabet fall into 3 groups;
In the beginning, these three entities had a non-material existence; by the articulation of the letters the received a material substratum which made creation possible when the infinite space represented by the six other Sefiroth was produced. Cosmic importance of the letters....
In an early Mishnah it is declared that the world was called into being by a series of
ten divine utterances.
According to the Sefer Yetzirah the divine utterances contain all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet which in there various combinations, make up the holy language (Hebrew), the language of creation this relates to the numbers from one to ten provide for all possible numbers to infinity. Language and number conjoined together are thus declared to be the instruments whereby the cosmos in all its infinite variety of combinations and manifestations was called into existence by God.
Almost all of the information on which I based this work and these notes is from 'Judaism' by Isidore Epstein.