Genesis 1:1-2:3: The Story of Creation
The second Torah reading for Simchat Torah
Upon concluding the reading of the Torah on Simchat Torah, the process is immediately begun again. As the first reading physically concluded the Torah, the second reading starts in the beginning- both physically and literally.
English translation is reprinted with permission from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures published by the Jewish Publication Society.
1:1. When God began to create the heaven and the earth-
1:2. the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water-
1:3. God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
1:4. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.
1:5. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, a first day.
1:6. God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, that it may separate water from water."
1:7. God made the expanse, and it separated the water which was below the expanse from the water which was above the expanse. And it was so.
1:8. God called the expanse Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
1:9. God said, "Let the water below the sky be gathered into one area, that the dry land may appear." And it was so.
1:10. God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering of waters He called Seas. And God saw that this was good.
1:11. And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: seed-bearing plants, fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it." And it was so.
1:12. The earth brought forth vegetation: seed-bearing plants of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that this was good.
1:13. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
1:14. God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times- the days and the years;