PARASHAT BEREISHIT (בְּרֵאשִׁית | In the beginning)
Torah: Genesis 1:1-6:8; Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10; Gospel: John 1:1-17
The first parasha in the book of Beginnings – Genesis - is all about creation. On each day of the creation account, Torah records that God said “tov’ – ‘it is good’. But, on the sixth day, He said ‘tov ma’od’ – ‘very good’.
This first Torah portion also highlights three distinct rebellions against God Himself:
Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
Cain killing his brother Abel
The Tower of Babel incident
Torah is a record of mankind’s rebellion against the Creator of the Universe and God’s search for a righteous individual – Noah – through He will set into motion His plans for the redemption of the world.
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