Genesis 1:1 - 6:8

Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

In this Torah portion, God creates the world. After Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they are banished from the Garden of Eden. Later Cain kills Abel. God then considers destroying all of Creation. FULL SUMMARY

Who Was Eve?

How the first woman's relationship with man and God is complicated.

More on this Torah Portion

Becoming Every Brother’s Keeper

All humanity descended from one family.

The Two Creation Stories

An attempt to reconcile two opposing views of nature.

The Power Of A Name: The Power Of Naming

Adam's naming of the animals raises complex issues, including the deeper meanings of our names.

Saying No To Temptation

Not giving in to temptations helps us to clarify our values and stick to our convictions.

Sibling Rivalry

What can we do in our families to create positive family dynamics?

When Rules Are Broken

Bereshit: A resource for families.

Challah for Parashat Bereshit

Adam, the first human, sleeping.

Parashat Bereshit Quiz

How much do you know about this Torah portion?

The Stewardship Paradigm

Humanity's dominion over the earth must be for the sake of the Divine.

New Beginnings

How to complete the work of creation.

Parashat Bereshit: Summary

God creates the world with words; Adam and Eve sin, Cain kills Abel, and God considers destroying all of Creation.

The Complexity Of Creation

Recognizing that Creation and many natural phenomena are clouded in mystery can actually enrich our lives with meaning.

Naming Noah

Noah's father saw in him the possibility for greatness.

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

How do we, like Adam and Eve, hide from taking responsibility for our decisions and actions?

Completing Creation

Our physical existence depends on spiritual, sacred focus for completeness.

Down From The Mountaintop

Experiencing God through nature and the wonders of creation should inspire us to work to perfect the world.

For Every Thing, A Purpose

We should view the diversity of creation as existing to reflect the grandeur of God, not to serve the various needs of humans.

Together But Separate

Adam and Eve's original relationship in which they were together as one flesh yet still distinct provides us with an ideal model.