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Next Torah Portion


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.


Parashat Bereshit

Genesis 1:1 - 6:8

Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

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