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Torah Talk for Parashat Bereshit

October 8, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, we read about ma’aseh bereshit (The Act of Creation); Adam and Chava’s sin of eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad and their subsequent expulsion from Gan Eden (The Garden of Eden); Kayin’s murder of his brother, Hevel; and the geneology of Adam and Chava’s descendants, culminating in the birth of Noach.

Toward the end of the parasha, in chapter 6, verses 5 and 6, Hashem revisits the creation of the human being: “Hashem saw that the wickedness of the human being was great on the earth… and Hashem “nachem“ed that He had made the human being on the earth….”

Note the lack of translation of the word “nachem.” It defies a single translation, as that would remove the nuances of the Hebrew term. Read More>