On the Sabbath when we read in the Torah about the creation of our world, how can we not wonder and ask, “What is out there?” And “How far does it go?” I know that it is all way beyond my imagination, let alone my comprehension. Only to conclude, in the words of Albert Einstein: “In life either nothing is a miracle, or everything is a miracle.”
The Torah seeks to tell us an intelligent plan and purpose behind life, and that all is not “by chance” or by some chaotic and incredible occurrence whereby nothingness became matter, and matter became life. In a world where nature sometimes stretches itself resulting in massive human devastation, we realize that it is also a world wherein self-centered little babies are imbued with the potential to grow into mature and caring adults.
Yes, as we speak of God, we can only speak of faith and not proof; we can speak only of appreciation rather than random chance. I don’t know who wrote this, but I surely embrace these sentiments: “Out of the void and vastness of the cosmos, life emerges, audacious, improbable. You and I are here. No other miracle is needed.”
Rabbi David Greenberg