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Torah Talk for Parashat Bereshit

October 3, 2018 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.

The end of the parasha contains four verses that are easy to gloss over, but which clarify and elucidate two major questions that many people have about the Torah’s account of creation and the beginning of the human species:

  1. If God only created two human beings, from whom did the population grow?
  2. How can we reconcile the Creation story with scientific evidence of evolution?


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