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Torah Talk for Parashat Bereshit

October 26, 2016 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 genealogy of Adam and Chava’s descendants, culminating in the birth of Noach.

Many theologians and biblical commentators have posed the following question: How could Kayin (Cain) be held responsible for killing Hevel (Abel) if no one yet in the existence of the world had died? He could not have known what death is, nor what murder entailed, nor that it was wrong. Read more >