Closed portion divisions further divide the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh readings.. ), Reading the words of Genesis 4:8, "And Cain spoke to Abel his brother," a Midrash imagined the subject of their discussion. For Genesis 4:8 says, "And it came to pass, when they were in the field," and "field" refers to the Temple, as Micah 3:12 equates the two when it says, "Zion (that is, the Temple) shall be plowed as a field."  Thus a man leaves his parents and clings to his wife, so that they become one flesh. But the Gemara raised an objection from a Baraita: Rabbi Meir taught that Adam was a great saint. Most of us, when we hear these words, we think, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” But that is not actually what the text says. , Rav Judah said in Rav's name that ten things were created on the first day: (1) heaven, (2) earth, (3) chaos (תֹהוּ, tohu), (4) desolation or void (בֹהוּ, bohu), (5) light, (6) darkness, (7) wind, (8) water, (9) the length of a day, and (10) the length of a night. "Male and Female God Created Them: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1–6:8)." "A Note on Genesis 1:2. ", "The Genealogies of Gen 5 and 11 and Their Alleged Babylonian Background. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bereshit_(parashah)&oldid=988488426, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Third day: God gathered the water below the sky, creating land and sea, and God caused.  Lamech lived 777 years. The angels saw the Israelites' misfortune all the night, but they uttered neither praise nor sanctification, as Exodus 14:20 says, "And the one came not near the other all the night." Ben Zoma reasoned that Genesis 1:2 says, "And the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters," implying a distance similar to that of a mother dove that hovers over her young without touching them. Hence Rabbi José taught that until a man marries a wife, his love centers on his parents. , The School of Rabbi Ishmael deduced from Genesis 6:8 that death was decreed against Noah too, but that he found favor in the eyes of God.. And one may investigate from one end of heaven to the other, but one should not investigate what was before this world. But if when saying that humankind was first for punishment, one means the punishment in connection with the serpent, Rabbi taught that, in conferring honor the Bible commences with the greatest, in cursing with the least important. "When the Sons of God Cavorted with the Daughters of Men. , Reading in Genesis 7:10 that "it came to pass, after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth," the Gemara asked what the nature of these seven days was (that God delayed the flood on their account). But the House of Hillel taught that the earth was created first and heaven was created afterwards, as Genesis 2:4 says, "In the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven."  The man replied that the woman whom God put at his side gave him the fruit, and he ate. He replied that since then, Gehenna has been burning for the wicked. , Rabbi Levi, or some say Rabbi Jonathan, said that a tradition handed down from the Men of the Great Assembly taught that wherever the Bible employs the term "and it was" or "and it came to pass" (וַיְהִי, wa-yehi), as it does in Genesis 6:1, it indicates misfortune, as one can read wa-yehi as wai, hi, "woe, sorrow." And God created humanity from one person for the sake of peace, so that none can say that their ancestry is greater than another's. The word is plural in form, but singular in meaning. Bereshit bara E lohim; et ha S hamayim ve’et ha’aretz. But as soon as God told Adam in Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread," Adam's mind was set at ease. Rav Judah taught further in the name of Rav that when God wanted to create the world, God told the angel of the sea to open the angel's mouth and swallow all the waters of the world. Philo taught that we should hurry to please God without delay. One of the most famous sentences of all time. וַיְבָ֤רֶךְ אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶת־י֣וֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י וַיְקַדֵּ֖שׁ אֹת֑וֹ כִּ֣י ב֤וֹ שָׁבַת֙ מִכָּל־מְלַאכְתּ֔וֹ אֲשֶׁר־בָּרָ֥א אֱלֹהִ֖ים לַעֲשֽׂוֹת׃ (פ)  The man declared her bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh, and called her woman. When the angel protested, God struck the angel dead, as reported in Job 26:12, when it says: "He stirs up the sea with his power and by his understanding he smites through Rahab." , Noting that Genesis 5:24 says of Enoch not that he died, but that "God took him," some sectarians (Judeo-Christians or Christians) challenged Rabbi Abbahu, saying that they did not find that Enoch died, but that God "took" him, just as 2 Kings 2:1 says that God would "take" Elijah.  Announcing that it was not good for man to be alone and that God would make for him a fitting helper, God formed out of the earth all the beasts and birds and brought them to the man to name. “1. With reference to this, a Tanna taught that the first of Nisan took ten crowns of distinction by virtue of the ten momentous events that occurred on that day. In the parashah, God creates the heavens, the world, Adam and Eve, and Sabbath.  God drove the man out, and stationed cherubim and a fiery ever-turning sword east of the garden to guard the tree of life. , The 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza argued that Scripture often uses the term "Spirit of the Lord" as equivalent to the human mind, as in Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh,” which Spinoza read to mean “since man acts on the dictates of his body, and not the spirit that I gave him to discern the good, I will let him alone.”, Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University Divinity School suggested that the reference in Genesis 6:4 to the "sons of God" who abused their position may refer disapprovingly to "the young men who grew up with" Israelite King Rehoboam referred to in 1 Kings 12:8–10 who counselled Rehoboam to increase the burdens on the people. God then prompted each one of them and they all conceived the same idea and wrote for Genesis 1:1, "God created in the beginning" (instead of, "In the beginning, God created," to prevent readers from reading into the text two creating powers, "In the beginning" and "God"). And if God were not to help a person, one would not be able to prevail against one's Evil Inclination, for as Psalm 37:33 says, "The Lord will not leave him in his hand. Rabbi Haninah and Resh Lakish reasoned that Genesis 6:2 calls them "the sons of God" because they lived a long time without trouble or suffering. A person born on the Sabbath (Saturday) will die on the Sabbath, because they had to desecrate the great day of the Sabbath on that person's account to attend to the birth.  Enoch had a son Irad; and Irad had a son Mehujael; and Mehujael had a son Methushael; and Methushael had a son Lamech. That's the first sentence in the Bible. The Gemara reported an objection based on the following Baraita: The ministering angels asked God why God imposed the death penalty on Adam (in Genesis 3). Rabbi Simeon said that it is difficult to say this thing, and the mouth cannot utter it plainly (but by God's inaction, God was involved in Abel's murder). , In the Weekly Maqam, Sephardi Jews each week base the songs of the services on the content of that week's parashah. Philo taught that Scripture opposes all three. , Rav Judah taught that when God created the world, it went on expanding like two unraveling balls of thread, until God rebuked it and brought it to a standstill, as Job 26:21 says, "The pillars of heaven were trembling, but they became astonished at His rebuke." For Proverbs 9:11 says, "For by me your days shall be multiplied," signifying in this world. Rabbi Simeon ben Pazzi thus indicated that the two yuds indicate the human condition, where God punishes us for giving in to our evil inclination, but our evil inclination tempts us when we try to resist. The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given in the Torah.שׁית Shayit has many meanings. the Creator cut/carved/separated out [traditionally, ‘ ... To that which is void, or empty of meaning, the Holy One’s Breath brings fullness, and purpose, and blessing. 1:2: The earth was without form and empty, with darkness on the face of the depths, but God's spirit moved on the water's surface. The Rabbis compared it to a king who made a ring that lacked only a signet.  Adah bore Jabal, the ancestor of those who dwell in tents and amidst herds, and Jubal, the ancestor of all who play the lyre and the pipe. God expressed six of them, and reserved one for future generations. and what, the son (bar) of my vows?”) This is the language of the time in which the “son” would be born and also means “grain” and “pure” and “possessor of” as “bar-samkha” means “possessor of authority”.א Aleph, is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents Elohim as seen in Strong’s H430 starting with the aleph אֱלהִים. )ראשׁ Rosh means “head” as seen in Strong’s H7218 and used in Genesis 40:16ברש Brosh בְּרוֹשׁ means “tree” or “timber” as seen in Strong’s H1265 and refrenced as big timber (either fir or cyress) as mentioned in 1Ki 5:10 (5:24 in the Jewish Tanakh) “So Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of cypress according to all his desire.”. And God created humanity from one person to demonstrate God's greatness, for people stamp out many coins with one coin press and they all look alike, but God stamped each person with the seal of Adam, and not one of them is like another. But the Rabbis said that Naamah was a woman of a different stamp, for her name denotes that she sang (man'emet) to the timbrel in honor of idolatry. ", Adrien Janis Bledstein.  The third reading (עליה, aliyah) and the eighth open portion (פתוחה, petuchah) end here. When God created the second day and finished all God's work in it, God dedicated it, as Genesis 1:8 says, "And it was evening, and it was morning, a second day." So God sent the angel Michael, who became a wall of fire between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Spain, late 13th century, in, e.g.. Nachmanides. In the incident of the manna (מָן, man) in Exodus 16:22–30, Moses told the Israelites that the Sabbath is a solemn rest day; prior to the Sabbath one should cook what one would cook, and lay up food for the Sabbath. Thus in Genesis 4:7, Nachmanides read God to teach Cain concerning repentance, that it lay within Cain's power to return anytime he desired, and God would forgive him. And only afterwards did God give them the Torah, as Nehemiah 9:14 says as it continues, "And commanded them commandments, and statutes, and Torah by the hand of Moses, Your servant." Rav Aha bar Jacob said that the distance was a hair's breadth. from all His work." Genesis 1:1–2:4 and Isaiah 42:5 both tell of God's creation of heaven and earth. But the one who said that Eve was created from a face explained the words "God built" as explained by Rabbi Simeon ben Menasia, who interpreted the words, "and the Lord built the rib," to teach that God braided Eve's hair and brought her to Adam, for in the seacoast towns braiding (keli'ata) is called building (binyata). But the one who said Eve was created from a tail explained the word וַיִּיצֶר, wa-yitzer as Rabbi Simeon ben Pazzi said, "Woe is me because of my Creator (yotzri), woe is me because of my evil inclination (yitzri)!" The first word of Genesis 1:1, בְּרֵאשִׁית, bereishit, and thus God's role as Creator, is recited in the Aleinu prayer near the end of each of the three daily prayer services. The Gemara further hypothesized from its use in Genesis 1:5 that or (אוֹר) might be read to mean the time when light begins to appear — that is, daybreak. . , Rabbi Samuel bar Nahman said in Rabbi Jonathan's name that we can deduce from the story of the serpent in Genesis 3 that one should not plead on behalf of one who instigates idolatry. As God clothes the naked — for Genesis 3:21 says, "And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skin, and clothed them" — so should we also clothe the naked.  God expressed an intention to blot men and animals from the earth, but Noah found God's favor. )", Judith S. Antonelli. The Rabbis interpreted the words "sufficient for his need" to refer to the house, "whatever is lacking" to refer to a bed and a table, and "for him (לוֹ, lo)" to refer to a wife, as Genesis 2:18 uses the same term, "for him (לוֹ, lo)," to refer to Adam's wife, whom Genesis 2:18 calls "a helpmate for him. 13:8 and we see this in the other words that make up the first foundational word in the Bible as shown below: בר Bar means “son” as seen in Strong’s H1247, H1248 (primarily in Aramaic, but also in Hebrew, see Mishlei 31:2 saying, “What, my son? Bereshit and the depth of meaning in the first word of Bible. But it is established (in Babylonian Talmud Berakhot 2b) that day continues until stars appear. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. God told Israel that if they occupied themselves with the Torah, they would not be delivered into the hand of the Evil Inclination, as Genesis 4:7 says: "If you do well, shall you not be exalted?" ", Rav taught that the evil inclination resembles a fly, which dwells between the two entrances of the heart, as Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, "Dead flies make the ointment of the perfumers fetid and putrid." After three years he married Rebekah, and forgot the mourning for his mother. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thus the Gemara asked how Adam could have begotten evil beings.  The people of the delegation would fast four days during the week that they assembled. He compared it to a man striking a hammer on an anvil, raising it by day and bringing it down immediately after nightfall. Without atonement, as Leviticus 16:11 says, "And he shall make atonement for himself, and for his house" (implying that one can make complete atonement only with a household). , Rabbi Johanan explained that Genesis 1:26 uses the plural pronoun when God says, "Let us make man," to teach that God does nothing without consulting God's Heavenly Court of angels (thus instructing us in the proper conduct of humility among subordinates). Most of us, when we hear these words, we think, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” But that is not actually what the text says. The Jewish creation theology as it is reflected in the Midrash Bereshit Rabba (BerR), is by no means a new subject.  When God asked Cain where his brother was, Cain replied that he did not know, asking if he was his brother's keeper. Notice how in the Torah the first letter is enlarged, showing the foundation of the world is focused on God’s house… and first two letters spell “bar” בר meaning “son” shows the focus is on the kingdom of the Son!We know that Messiah Yeshua is the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world” – Rev. Hence the Sages said that those who says the benediction and sanctification over the wine on Friday evenings will have their days increased in this world, and in the world to come. How to say Bereshit in English? The heretic demanded that Rabbi Akiva give him clear proof. And the Spirit of Elohim … Professor Levinson offers a novel translation of the first words in the Torah. Philo explained that a vow is a request to God for good things, and Deuteronomy 23:22 thus enjoins that when one has received them, one must offer gratitude to God as soon as possible. She was called Naamah, because her deeds were pleasing (ne'imim). , Noting that Genesis 6:9 calls Noah "a man" (אִישׁ, ish), a Midrash taught that wherever Scripture employs the term "a man" (אִישׁ, ish), it indicates a righteous man who warned his generation.  Adam named his wife Eve, because she was the mother to all. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. But God is infinitely greater and loftier than all of these attributes. There are many places in the Old Testament where this word Elohim means “gods” with a small “ g”, plural. Reading the report of God’s creating Adam in Genesis 2:15, “And He put him (וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ, vayanihehu) into the Garden of Eden,” the Midrash taught that “And He put him (וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ, vayanihehu)” means that God gave Adam the precept of the Sabbath, for the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Exodus 20:10 (20:11 in NJPS), “And rested (וַיָּנַח, vayanach) on the seventh day.” Genesis 2:15 continues, “to till it (לְעָבְדָהּ, le’avedah),” and the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Exodus 20:8 (20:9 in NJPS), “Six days shall you labor (תַּעֲבֹד, ta’avod).” And Genesis 2:15 continues, “And to keep it (וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ, ule-shamerah),” and the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Deuteronomy 5:11 (5:12 in NJPS), “Keep (שָׁמוֹר, shamor) the Sabbath day.”, Similarly, a Midrash recounts that Rabbi Jeremiah ben Leazar taught that when God created Adam, God created him a hermaphrodite — two bodies, male and female, joined together — for Genesis 5:2 says, "male and female created He them . In Leviticus 23:1–3, God told Moses to repeat the Sabbath commandment to the people, calling the Sabbath a holy convocation. A snake convinces Eve, who then invites Adam, to eat the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden to them. , The Mishnah concluded that the generation of the Flood and the generation of the dispersion after the Tower of Babel were both so evil as to have no share in the world to come. . In the second reading, the reader attaches the term "lifted up" to the preceding clause. (Be’resh’it בְּרֵאשִׁית) Bereshit = In one of many beginnings Elohim = God (Elohim אֱלֹהִים) Bara = caused to exist, the heaven, including everything in it, and the earth, including everything on it.  God asked the man where he was. . In other words, according to the rules of Hebrew grammar this biblical verse should have begun with: ‘Elohim Bara Bereshit’ (‘God created in the beginning’) or ‘Bara Elohim Bereshit’ (‘Created God in the beginning’ – it does not make sense in English but it is perfectly correct to say it like that in Hebrew). "Origins of Paradise: The Garden of Eden.  And the Books of 4 Ezra (or 2 Esdras) and 2 Baruch interpreted Genesis 2:17 to teach that because Adam transgressed God's commandment, God decreed death to Adam and his descendants for all time.  And God made skin garments to clothe Adam and Eve. , In the seventh reading (עליה, aliyah), Methuselah had a son Lamech and lived 969 years. And the haftarah puts the idea of "opening . 1:1. , Judah ben Padiah noted Adam's frailty, for he could not remain loyal even for a single hour to God's charge that he not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, yet in accordance with Leviticus 19:23, Adam's descendants the Israelites waited three years for the fruits of a tree. ", "Some Thoughts on the Sumerian King List and Genesis 5 and 11B. Ben Zoma replied that he was staring at the space between the upper and the lower waters (described in Genesis 1:6–7). Sixth day: God had the earth bring forth living creatures from the land, and made, Seventh day: God ceased work and blessed the, George W. Buchanan. ", Derek R.G. Alternatively, Rav Hisda said (or some say it was taught in a Baraita) that the words, "and the Lord built the rib," teach that God built Eve after the fashion of a storehouse, narrow at the top and broad at the bottom so as to hold the produce safely. The Rabbis taught in a Baraita that Deuteronomy 11:18 says of the Torah, "So you fix (וְשַׂמְתֶּם, ve-samtem) these My words in your heart and in your soul." And the Midrash taught that this is one of the texts that they changed for King Ptolemy (as they could not expect him to understand these explanations), making Genesis 2:2 read, "And He finished on the sixth day, and rested on the seventh." This is a very apt description of the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the word” indeed! An objection was raised that Genesis 2:21 says, "And He took one of his ribs" (implying that God created Eve separately from Adam). The original text was written in Hebrew.  Divine beings admired and took wives from among the daughters of men, who bore the Nephilim, heroes of old, men of renown. The heretic asked Rabbi Akiva whether he did not realize that a garment is made by a weaver. ", Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, "The Myth of Man's ‘Fall' — A Reappraisal.  Hearing God move in the garden, they hid in the trees. ", Rabbi Jeremiah ben Eleazar interpreted the words, "and he brought her to the man," in Genesis 2:22 to teach that God acted as best man to Adam, teaching that a man of eminence should not think it amiss to act as best man for a lesser man. , Rabbi Jose bar Hanina taught that "heaven" (שָּׁמַיִם, shamayim) means "there is water" (sham mayim). Rabbi Levi said in the name of Resh Lakish that God kept Cain's judgment in suspense until the Flood and then God swept Cain away.  Or Rabbi Judah the son of Rabbi Simon deduced from Exodus 39:3 that Genesis 1:6 meant "let a lining be made for the firmament.  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing in appearance, and desirable as a source of wisdom, she ate some of its fruit and gave some to her husband to eat.  Rabbi Akiva deduced from the words of Genesis 7:23 that the generation of the flood will have no portion in the world to come; he read the words "and every living substance was destroyed" to refer to this world and the words "that was on the face of the ground" to refer to the next world.  The woman replied that they could eat any fruit other than that of the tree in the middle of the garden, which God had warned them neither to eat nor to touch, on pain of death. The first seven open portion divisions set apart the accounts of the first seven days in the first reading. Thus the words, "And it came to pass when man began to multiply," in Genesis 6:1, are followed by the words, "God Saw that the wickedness of man was great," in Genesis 6:5. , Rabbi Jeremiah ben Eleazar read Genesis 5:3, "And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and begot a son in his own likeness, after his own image," to imply that until that time, Adam did not beget after his own image. But the Sabbath was before God, so God gave the Israelites bread for two days on Friday, as Exodus 16:29 says, "See, for the Lord has given you the Sabbath, therefore he gives you on the sixth day the bread of two days." 10. The heretic replied that a weaver had. Reading the words "Because that in it He rested from all His work which God created to make," in Genesis 2:3, the Midrash taught that what was created on the Sabbath, after God rested, was tranquility, ease, peace, and quiet. And “one day” teaches that God gave Israel one unique day over which darkness has no influence — the Day of Atonement. In, James A. Diamond. Rabbi Eliezer, however, interpreted Psalm 104:13 to refer to other handiwork of God. The word bereshit (בְּרֵאשִׁית) can mean "in the beginning" or "at the start" or "at the head of (all things)," etc. For when the Israelites left Egypt, before God gave them the Torah, God gave them the Sabbath as an inheritance (as reported in Exodus 16:23).  The man and the woman were naked, but felt no shame. The sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Since God is perfect, it would have been insufficient for God to give merely a partial good. The parashah is made up of 7,235 Hebrew letters, 1,931 Hebrew words, 146 verses, and 241 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).  The heart speaks, sees, hears, walks, falls, stands, rejoices, cries, is comforted, is troubled, becomes hardened, grows faint, fears, can be broken, becomes proud, rebels, invents, cavils, overflows, devises, desires, goes astray, lusts, is refreshed, can be stolen, is humbled, is enticed, errs, trembles, is awakened, loves, hates, envies, is searched, is rent, meditates, is like a fire, is like a stone, turns in repentance, becomes hot, dies, melts, takes in words, is susceptible to fear, gives thanks, covets, becomes hard, makes merry, acts deceitfully, speaks from out of itself, loves bribes, writes words, plans, receives commandments, acts with pride, makes arrangements, and aggrandizes itself. That is because God reserved the dedication of the seventh day for the generations to come, as Zechariah 14:7 says, speaking of the Sabbath, "And there shall be one day which is known to the Lord; not day, and not night." "Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life." 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