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Bereishit Torah Portion: Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 6:8
Parshat Bereishit, the first weekly Torah portion, begins with the start of all things: God’s creation of the world – from light and dark to the animals we see all around us. The Torah tells us about everything that God brings into being, culminating in His creation of humanity — which is followed by the very first Shabbat, in which God rests from all of the
God instructs Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But with prodding from the snake, they ignore God and perpetrate mankind’s original sin: they eat from the tree. How does God react to Adam and Eve’s sin? He punishes them with death (i.e. God decrees that they will henceforth be mortals who will one day die) and labor (in both senses of the word: for Adam, “labor” means physical work in the field, and for Eve, difficulty in childbirth.)
Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills Abel and, as a consequence, God makes Cain an eternal wanderer. The Torah then gives us Cain’s genealogy, adding that his descendents begin to invent instruments and tools. Adam and Eve have another child, Seth, and the Torah tells us his genealogy as well, including Noah, the star of next week’s parsha. The