The meaning and essence of time has intrigued philosophers and theologians for thousands of years, with some conclusions that interestingly parallel certain ideas that have been discussed in modern science. One of the most difficult ideas arose when exploring the deeper meanings of the opening phrase of the Bible ‘In the beginning...’. The ancient sages questioned, ‘The beginning of what?’ They also questioned ‘What existed before the beginning?’ The same inquiry in modern terms is ‘What existed before the Big Bang?’, which today's thinkers have proposed is absurd because it is posited that nothing existed before the Big Bang, including time itself. The Kabbalah proposes that the concept of beginningness refers to the idea that something can appear out of nothing, whereas the ancient Greeks had strong opinions that depended upon causality."
Rabbi David Cooper
Rabbi David A. Cooper has been called one of today's leading teachers of Jewish and Buddhist oriented meditation. He is an active student of the world's great spiritual traditions and is the author of many books and audio teachings. His audio teaching, the Mystical Kabbalah, was a best selling set published by Sounds True. Cooper's most popular book, God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Riverhead/Putnam), has been highly acclaimed and sold over one hundred and twenty thousand copies. It was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award. Cooper and his wife, Shoshana, lead Jewish oriented weeklong silent meditation retreats a few times each year.