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.


Parashat Bereshit: Being Like God

The banishing of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden marks the beginning of humanity’s path to fulfilling its destiny.

More on this Torah Portion

To Mix or Not to Mix

Lessons on Genesis — from the Emmys and beyond.

The Two Creation Stories

An attempt to reconcile two opposing views of nature.

Becoming Every Brother’s Keeper

All humanity descended from one family.

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.

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

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

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.

Down From The Mountaintop

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

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.

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.

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 -- something parents experience even today.

Completing Creation

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

Parashat Bereshit: The Gift of Forgiveness

God created forgiveness before anything in the physical universe because human beings are bound to err.

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.

Haftarah for Bereshit

To complement the creation of the world, a promise of redemption.

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Parashat Bereshit: Summary

A summary of the first portion of the Torah.