Partners in Creation
“Do not read You are עַמִּי, [ammi] My people [Jeremiah 30:3], but rather You are עִמִּי, [immi] with Me, becoming My partner! Just as I made heaven and earth by speaking, as is said: By the word of YHWH, the heavens were made [Psalms 33:6], so do you. Happy are those engaged in Torah!” (Zohar 1:5a).
“[In the name of Resh Lakish:] Why is it written: There was evening and there was morning, יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי the sixth day [Genesis 1:31]? Why the extra letter ה [when none of the other five days of Creation have it]? This teaches that the blessed Holy One stipulated a condition with the works of Creation, saying to them: ‘If Israel accepts the Torah [given at Mount Sinai on ‘the sixth day’ of the month of Sivan], you will endure. If not, I will return you to welter and waste [Genesis 1:2]’” (BT Shabbat 88a).
“[Resh Lakish taught:] Greater is he that lends than he that gives gifts; but he that aids by taking part in a business undertaking is greater than either” (BT Shabbat 63a, cf. Mishneh Torah, Laws of Gifts to the Poor 10:7-14).
“That God had created לַעֲשׂוֹת to make [Genesis 2:3]. What is לַעֲשׂוֹת, to make? That the bodies of demons remained, for the [seventh] day had been sanctified and they had not been made and they remained לַעֲשׂוֹת, to be made – spirits with no body. Here, too: It is time לַעֲשׂוֹת to act, for YHWH [Psalms 119:126] - לַעֲשׂוֹת to actualize. [Because Creation] She is left unadorned and incomplete” (Zohar 2:155b).