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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, “To become a partner in the Creation.”

At the conclusion of Creation it says, “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31) – the soil is “good,” the trees are “good,” the lights are “good”.

But this does not mean that everything is perfect.

When God creates the world, He intentionally leaves things in an incomplete state.

It is as if He says, “Look, I made the pattern, but I left you several things to complete on your own.”

This introduces man’s requirement “to do” – la’asot – to take action, to become a partner, as it were, in the Creation.

This is part of our essence as human beings.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz