Q: I have read in several sources that time unfolds in a cyclical pattern, with spiritual energies returning in cycles and that the Torah reading follows these cycles. How can these two coincide when the portion of Genesis doesn’t begin on Rosh-Hashanah?
A: In short, there is a beginning of nature and a beginning of Torah. The beginning of nature preceded the beginning, or revelation of Torah, and was on Rosh Hashanah. The beginning of the Torah is on Simchat Torah.