Adam Was The First To Break The Ceiling Of This World
Question: What is the Kabbalistic meaning of Rosh Hashana, the new year?
Answer: Rosh Hashana is a new beginning, and the wisdom of Kabbalah is the wisdom of life that includes the wisdom of the universe, the wisdom of creation.
After all, it speaks about all of nature, about the totality of nature, not only our world, but also about all the higher worlds that are found above it. In the meantime, humanity doesn’t know anything about what exists beyond the limits of this world, but it still is approaching this attainment.
Rosh HaShana is the day Adam HaRishon (First Man), Adam, was created. It is precisely this event that we celebrate on this day, the creation of Adam.
But the question can be asked: How could Adam have been created 5,775 years ago if it is known that humans already lived thousands of years before then? This is proven by archaeological excavations and ancient inscriptions on stone that have survived until our day. We have found plenty of evidence for the existence of humanity in the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age.
This means that there is overwhelming evidence that humans appeared much before 5,775 years ago, and clearly the wisdom of Kabbalah agrees with this. It only adds that Adam was the first who became an Adam (Man).
In our world, there are three types of creatures: inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature. The human also belongs to the animate world.
The truth is that he has a more developed sense and reason. He builds more comfortable houses for himself than animal dens, develops commerce and industry, and explores the world that surrounds him, but it is doubtful if this makes his life happier than the lives of the animals. According to all indications, humans are only part of the animate world.
The wisdom of Kabbalah says that Adam was a human, like us, who lived 5,775 years ago. However, he is considered to be the First Man because he was the first to discover the secret of life, what we are living for, why we were created, and what there is beyond our lives in this world. He was the first to break the ceiling of this world to a higher world. After all, our world is the lowest of all the worlds, as Adam discovered. Before then, we didn’t even know about this. After entering the upper world, Adam told others about it; Adam conveyed to his students the wisdom that he discovered about the upper world and its management of us. He talked about the secret of life, that life is meaningful and purposeful.
Our life possesses a higher value because it makes it possible for us, through special activities, to break out of our world into the upper world; this physical life was given to us to attain the upper world in our lifetime and to become humans after Adam, meaning to become “the children of Adam.”
Adam is called Adam HaRishon because he was the first who rose to the next level, the upper world, where he became “like” (Domeh) the Creator, the higher power that operates there.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/6/15
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