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Torah Talk for Parashat Bereshit

October 10, 2017 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 Adam and Chava’s descendants’ genealogy, culminating with the birth of Noach.

Whether one believes, like Rashi, that ma’aseh bereshit happened just as recorded in the Torah, or like Rambam (Maimonides), that the text presents an allegory for the creation of the world, the poetry and its presentation are remarkable. Read more >