Beginning and End

This is the beginning and the end
As if linear does not apply
A circle a cycle a spiral —

We ascend with the end
We begin
The end implies the beginning
By the beginning we are not naïve to the end.

, the self-devouring serpent
By Plato the first living being [Timaeus, 33]
Turn it and turn it
For everything is contained within

— Yochanan Ben Bag Bag [Avot 5:22]
Who knew the chambers of the Torah. [Tosefta Ketuvim 5:1]

There is a life force
A point existing within each thing
A sign of divine origin
When you attach to this point
You become partners in creation
It is generative. [Sefat Emet on Genesis]
Ha-chayot she-m’cha-yeh chol davar
The life force that enlivens every living thing
the soul of every living being.

Attach to it
Ha-adam ha-di-buk b’ne-ku-dah zeh
Become glued to it.

When we meet
We are so bonded
In the deepest place
No beginning no end —

All center
All circle.

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