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B'reishit

B'reishit

In the Beginning
Genesis
1:1−6:8

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

Summary: 
  • 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

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