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In the Beginning

When God was about to create heaven and earth, the earth was a chaos, unformed, and on the chaotic waters' face there was darkness. - Genesis 1:1-:2

  • God creates the world and everything in it in six days and rests on the seventh. (1:1-2:3)
  • Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, where they eat the forbidden fruit and are subsequently exiled. (2:15-3:24)
  • Adam and Eve have two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain kills his brother, Abel. (4:1-24)
  • Adam and Eve have another child named Seth. The Torah lists the ten generations from Adam to Noah. (4:25-5:32)
  • God regrets having created human beings and decides to destroy everything on earth, but Noah finds favor with God. (6:5-6:8)

When do we read B'reishit?

2015 Oct 10 /27 Tishri, 5776
2016 Oct 29 /27 Tishri, 5777
2017 Oct 14 /24 Tishri, 5778


  • By Edwin C. Goldberg

    In the past few years, a number of discoveries in outer space have made headlines including disturbances of motion in the orbit of the small, distant planet Sedna. These disturbances suggest there may be a giant and as yet undiscovered planet orbiting far beyond Pluto, as well as black holes that seem not only to draw in all matter in their solar neighborhoods, but also to actively seek out matter in a burst of feeding mania. Finally, these findings suggest concepts about the Big Bang theory that astronomers believe offer a glimpse at the moment of the Creation of the universe.

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