Our Sages tell us that the first word of the Torah, b’reishit, does not mean, “In the beginning,” but, “Because of the beginning” (Medrash Rabba B’reishit 1:4). Hashem created the world because of those people who know the secret of beginning.
Some people only know the secret of the end. For them the world was a waste of time. Just suffering. Just survival.
Our Sages teach us what is called a beginning: Israel is called a beginning; the Beit HaMikdash is called a beginning; Avraham is called a beginning.
The world is a beginning. Do you know why the world is called a beginning? The whole world is always beginning.
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Based on The Soul of Jerusalem, Compiled by Rabbi Shlomo Katz