What Was Before the World?

Before the world there was G-d and His Name.

Beyond Time

“Time” is also part of creation.  

So before creation there was no such thing as time that we could say “before”, or earlier, than creation.  

The word “before” in Hebrew – לפני (Lifnei) – comes from the more general root of פנים (P’nim) which means which means "inner" (deeper/ higher).  So even though “before” literally means "prior to" in the context of time, it also has a deeper, more general connotation of priority, as if to say loftier than something else.

And in the context of creation, “before the world” means above and beyond the world, on such a level that the world has no significance.   In other words, what you would find if you were to travel beyond time.

The shell gives a false impression


Before the world there was G-d and His Name - Midrash Pirkei D'Rabbi Elazar 3:1.

Before the world = above and beyond the world - Bar Mitzva Discourse (Issa B'Midrash Tillim) Pt.2.

Basics of Moshiach & Redemption.
Dream – is Moshiach a fantasy?
Surety – what’s the guarantee Moshiach will come?

Changes – how will life change in the Messianic Age?

Reward – how will we get paid in the Messianic Era?
Miracles – will there be miracles in the time of Mashiach?

End – will the world end?

Coming – when will Moshiach come?
History – Messianic hopes & attempts in the past.
Predictions of when Moshiach will come - קץ or קיצין.
Dates – auspicious dates for the coming of Moshiach.
Today – can Moshiach come today?

Periods – durations and milestones in the Times of Moshiach.

These are the broad topics we'll cover, G-d willing:

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Moshiach – about the man.
Elijah and Moshiach.
Moshiach Ben Yosef.
You – your role in bringing Moshiach.


Rosh Hashanah | Yom Kippur | Sucot |  Chanukah | Purim | Pesach | Lag Ba-Omer | Shavuot | Tisha Be-av


Process – how will Moshiach come?
Shams – false Messianism.

Signals – signs of Moshiach.


The Temple - בית המקדש
Resurrection of the Dead - תחיית המתים
Ingathering of Exiles - קיבוץ גלויות


Significance – how important is Moshiach?
Exile – what’s the purpose of Exile?
Delay – why is it taking so long for Moshiach to come?
Obscurity – why is the end-time so concealed?
Ambiguity – why is Mashiach so unclear?
Controversy – why is Moshiach so contentious?


Moshiach – where is he now and in the past?
10 Lost Tribes – where are they?

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