To celebrate our beginning the Torah again this Shabbos, I've transcribed an excerpt from Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz speaking in 2011 on the Kabbalah of "the two lights."
What better time than now, in the energy of Bereshit, Genesis, the first book of Torah, and especially, "..let there be light."
"The first light must be strong enough to open up a space for all things to exist in later.
Not just to light up the darkness, but to even create the place where the darkness is in the first place.
And that's called the First Light, or in chasidic literature it's called Ohr Rishon, the First Light, and it is perfect, incredibly strong, but it's not destined to last.
It's destined to be there only long enough to open that space and then it goes away, and it leaves a tremendous aching emptiness, a longing for the light that was once there. But, it leaves a darkness.
The longing, the absence of the light, the feeling of what was once there brings in a second light.
But the second light is very, very faint, almost nothing compared to the first, but it's the one that lasts. It's the one the whole exercise was intended for, and although it's very small and only a faint echo of the first light, it what remains...
The second light becomes the soul and the residue [of the First Light] becomes the body,"
We are, all of us, body and soul, made of the light and made for the light.
What a great concept to consider this Shabbos Bereshit!