IIRC, there is a medrash conecting the first letter of torah (beit) + the word reshit by saying that with 2 beginnings (meaning the heavens and earth) the world came into existence. Does anyone happen to know a source for this?

Related: Why the first letter of the Tenach is a Bet?

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    This sounds very similar to an early Rashi in Bereishis where he cites the Midrash that Hashem "wanted" to create the world with strict judgement, and, foreseeing that mankind wouldn't be able to exist in such a world, He tempered it with mercy. I wonder if those two Midrashim are intended to play off of each other.
    – DonielF
    Aug 19, 2019 at 22:30
  • I've seen medrashim relating the "two beginnings" with "two worlds", but not to the heavens and earth. In fact, this medrash would pair with those who state the heavens and earth were created at the same time. Aug 20, 2019 at 0:37
  • Sounds like Ki B'Ko Hashem Tzur Olomin - that the heaven & earth was created with a Yud and a Heh. Aug 20, 2019 at 14:25
  • I'm not sure if this is the case. The source i'm looking for explicitly says beit referring to heavens and earth, not yud or heh. Aug 20, 2019 at 14:53


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