Derashos haRan – Derashah #1, Chaburah #9
In this dinal chaburah on the first derashah of Derashos haRan, we learn how the Ran relates Hashem revealing Maaseh Bereishis (the linkage between the spiritual and the physical) to the Jews shows His distinct love for us. And that it speaks of the uniqueness of the Torah by mking promises about this world rather than focusing only on non-verifiable claims about the next. He takes this as a central lesson of the stories of creation and the exapulsion from Gan Eden.
Derashos haRan is an explanation of the fundamentals of the Torah as explicated from texts in the Chumash. The first derashah explains the beginning of Breishis — from Creation through the change in humankind that came with the expulsion from Gan Eden. Next week we begin the second drashah, about Yaaqov, Eisav, antisemitism, and the natures of both prophecy and the future.
The text is available on Sefaria, beginning at https://www.sefaria.org/Derashot_HaRan.1.48