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    Divine qualities – B’reshit

    globeIn Genesis, God brings into being a world that will acknowledge Him.

    He uses wisdom, understanding and knowledge to create His world, and man must use the same qualities to build civilisation.

    Rashi defines chochmah as what one learns from others; t’vunah as finding the meaning in what one has learnt; and da’at as inspiration.

    Some explain chochmah as coming from others, t’vunah from oneself and da’at from God.

    Though the three terms have human content, when God uses them He is not defining Himself but speaking human language.

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