Parashat Bereshit is a primary theological source on the development of humanity, beginning with the creation of the world and continuing through the ways of early man at the dawn of civilization.  The events narrated in this reading are indicative of a direct and unmediated tie between G‑d and man.  The Lord, Creator of all, is the master, the one who sets the rules of what is permitted and what is forbidden, and He is the one who judges those who violate the rules.  All this is done in direct conversation with man.  The weekly reading also describes the sin of Adam and Eve in eating from the Tree of Knowledge, and later on also the sin of Cain, murdering his brother Abel.  Full Article>>

 “Let there be light”
By: Shabtai A. Ha-Cohen Rappaport and Israel Belfer

A certain philosopher asked Rabban Gamaliel, saying to him:  “Your G‑d was indeed a great artist, but surely He found good materials which assisted Him?”  “What are they?” said he to him.  “Tohu, bohu, darkness, water, wind, and the deep,” replied he.  “Woe to that man,” he exclaimed.  “The term ‘creation’ is used by Scripture in connection with all of them.’  Full article>>
The Divine Particle and Maimonides’ First Three Principles of Faith
By: Moshe Kaveh
“In the beginning G-d created heaven and earth” (Gen. 1:1).  This momentous opening verse of the Torah contains a vast part of modern science and has stood up most amazingly against primitive views of the entire scientific world that the universe is primordial and not created. Full Article >>
"The sons of G-d… the daughters of men"?
By: Schubert Spero 
The celebratory beginning of chapter 5 of Genesis sounds like an altogether fresh start to the story of the creation of man, as if nothing great had happened prior to then (Genesis 5:1-3): This is the record of Adam's line.—When G-d created man, He made him in the likeness of G-d; male and female He created them.  And when they were created, He blessed them and called them Man.—When Adam had lived 130 years, he begot a son in his likeness after his image, and he named him Seth. Full Article >>
"In Praise of Tohu va-Vohu"
By: Miriam Faust
The first verse of Genesis deals with the creation of the world, the greatest act of creation of all time.  The second verse describes the primal state of the universe prior to this act of creation:  "The earth was unformed and void (tohu va-vohu), with darkness over the surface of the deep" (Gen. 1:2). Viewing the story of Creation as a model from which to learn about the human process of creating, it is interesting to examine whether a cognitive state of "unformed and void" relates to the processes by which human beings are creative. Full Article >>


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