We begin our annual cycle of Torah readings with this weeks Parashah from Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 where Rabbi Isaac brings forth Hidden Prophecies in the Creation account and shows how God reveals “the End” from “the Beginning”!
For Shabbat of October 17, 2020
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Bereshit (בְּרֵאשִׁית) – Hebrew for “in the beginning,” the first word in the parashah is the first weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. The parashah covers Genesis 1:1–6:8. In the parashah, God creates the world, and Adam and Eve. They eat fruit that God had forbidden them, and God expels them from the Garden of Eden. One of their sons, Cain, becomes the first murderer, killing his brother Abel out of jealousy. Adam, Eve, and Cain are cast out of paradise to East of Eden. Adam and Eve have other children, whose descendants populate the Earth, but each generation becomes more and more degenerate until God, despairing, decides to destroy humanity. Only one man, Noah, finds God’s favor.
Torah Parashah Bereshit Summary
The very first word “Bereshit” reveals God’s plan of Salvation from the beginning (download PDF study above). In the first chapter we see Hidden Prophecies in how God creates the world in six days and how they each foreshadow a different millennia through history. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He brings forth dry land, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth for food. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars and gives them purpose as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; and then land animals and the human being, on the sixth. God ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.
God forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” God takes a “side” from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.
Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.
Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupted hybrid world!
For further study, please enjoy the below video teaching on “Understanding Light” in the context of “And God said, Let there be Light!” (Then drop below to watch the parallel Haftarah from Isaiah about how Israel is called to be a light to the Nations!) Enjoy and be blessed!
Torah for your Children…
For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashah for your children we recommend the following video below created by G-dcast:
Haftarah (Prophets) Summary
The haftorah of this week’s reading opens with a statement by “the Almighty God, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who laid out the earth and made grow from it.” This echoes the Torah portion’s recounting of the creation of the world in six days.
God speaks to the prophet Isaiah, reminding him of his life’s purpose and duty, namely that of arousing the Jewish people to return to being a light unto the nations, “To open blind eyes, to bring prisoners out of a dungeon; those who sit in darkness out of a prison.”
The prophecy continues with a discussion regarding the Final Redemption, and the song that all of creation will sing to God on that day. God promises to punish all the nations that have persecuted Israel while they were exiled. The prophet also rebukes Israel for their errant ways, but assures them that they will return to the correct path and will be redeemed.
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Torah Parashah teaching with video and audio and illustrations by Rabbi Isaac. © 2020 Assembly of Called-Out Believers. Use by Permission.