Parashas Bereishis

Parashas Bereishis  —  Bereishis/Genesis  1:1 - 6:8

Chapter 1

1 In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth —  2 when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters —  3 God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  4 God saw that the light was good, and God separated between the light and the darkness.  5 God called to the light - "Day," and to the darkness He called - "Night." And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

6 God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate between water and water."  7 So God made the firmament, and separated between the waters which were beneath the firmament and the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.  8 God called to the firmament - "Heaven." And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

9 God said, "Let the waters beneath the heaven be gathered into one area, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.  10 God called to the dry land - "Earth," and to the gathering of waters He called - "Seas." And God saw that it was good.  11 God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation - herbage yielding seed, fruit trees yielding fruit each after its kind, containing its own seed on the earth." And it was so.  12 And the earth brought forth vegetation - herbage yielding seed after its kind, and trees yielding fruit, each containing its seed after its kind. And God saw that it was good.  13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14 God said, "Let there be luminaries in the firmament of the heaven to separate between the day and the night; and they shall serve as signs, and for festivals, and for days and years;  15 and they shall serve as luminaries in the firmament of the heaven to shine upon the earth." And it was so.  16 And God made the two great luminaries, the greater luminary to dominate the day and the lesser luminary to dominate the night; and the stars.  17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  18 to dominate by day and by night, and to separate between the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good.  19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 God said, "Let the waters teem with teeming living creatures, and fowl that fly about over the earth across the expanse of the heavens."  21 And God created the great sea-giants and every living being that creeps, with which the waters teemed after their kinds; and all winged fowl of every kind. And God saw that it was good.  22 God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas; but the fowl shall increase on the earth."  23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures, each according to its kind - animal, and creeping thing, and beast of the land each according to its kind." And it was so.  25 God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, and the animal according to its kind, and every creeping being of the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, "Let us make Man in Our image, after Our likeness. They shall rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and over the animal, the whole earth, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."  27 So God created Man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 God blessed them and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, the bird of the sky, and every living thing that moves on the earth."

29 God said, "Behold, I have given to you all herbage yielding seed that is on the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit; it shall be yours for food.  30 And to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the sky, and to everything that moves on the earth, within which there is a living soul, every green herb is for food." And it was so.  31 And God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Chapter 2

1 Thus the heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array.  2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  3 God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because on it He abstained from all His work which God created to make.

4 These are the products of the heaven and the earth when they were created in the day that Hashem God made earth and heaven —  5 now all the trees of the field were not yet on the earth and all the herb of the field had not yet sprouted, for Hashem God had not sent rain upon the earth and there was no man to work the soil.  6 A mist ascended from the earth and watered the whole surface of the soil.  7 And Hashem God formed the man of dust from the ground, and He blew into his nostrils the soul of life; and man became a living being.

8 Hashem God planted a garden in Eden, to the east, and placed there the man whom He had formed.  9 And Hashem God caused to sprout from the ground every tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food; also the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad.

10 A river issues forth from Eden to water the garden, and from there it is divided and becomes four headwaters.  11 The name of the first is Pishon, the one that encircles the whole land of Havilah, where the gold is.  12 The gold of that land is good; bedolach is there, and the shoham stone.  13 The name of the second river is Gihon, the one that encircles the whole land of Cush.  14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel, the one that flows toward the east of Assyria; and the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Hashem God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to work it and to guard it.  16 And Hashem God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  17 but of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, you must not eat thereof; for on the day you eat of it, you shall surely die."

18 Hashem God said, "It is not good that man be alone; I will make him a helper corresponding to him."  19 Now, Hashem God had formed out of the ground every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man called each living creature, that remained its name.  20 And the man assigned names to all the cattle and to the birds of the sky and to every beast of the field; but as for man, he did not find a helper corresponding to him.

21 So Hashem God cast a deep sleep upon the man and he slept; and He took one of his sides and He filled in flesh in its place.  22 Then Hashem God fashioned the side that He had taken from the man into a woman, and He brought her to the man.  23 And the man said, "This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called Woman, for from man was she taken."  24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh.

25 They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

Chapter 3

1 Now the serpent was cunning beyond any beast of the field that Hashem God had made. He said to the woman, "Did, perhaps, God say - 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden'?"

2 The woman said to the serpent, "Of the fruit of any tree of the garden we may eat.  3 Of the fruit of the tree which is in the center of the garden God has said - 'You shall neither eat of it nor touch it, lest you die.' "

4 The serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die;  5 for God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad."

6 And the woman perceived that the tree was good for eating and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a means to wisdom, and she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her and he ate.  7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized that they were naked; and they sewed together a fig leaf and made themselves aprons.

8 They heard the sound of Hashem God manifesting itself in the garden toward evening; and the man and his wife hid from Hashem God among the trees of the garden.  9 Hashem God called out to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"

10 He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I am naked, so I hid."

11 And He said, "Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten of the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?"

12 The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me — she gave me of the tree, and I ate."

13 And Hashem God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done!" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

14 And Hashem God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, accursed are you beyond all the cattle and beyond all beasts of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life.  15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will pound your head, and you will bite his heel."

16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly increase your suffering and your childbearing; in pain shall you bear children. Yet your craving shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."

17 To Adam He said, "Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate of the tree about which I commanded you saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' accursed is the ground because of you; through suffering shall you eat of it all the days of your life.  18 Thorns and thistles shall it sprout for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.  19 By the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust shall you return."

20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she had become the mother of all the living.

21 And Hashem God made for Adam and his wife garments of skin, and He clothed them.

22 And Hashem God said, "Behold Man has become like the Unique One among us, knowing good and bad; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat and live forever!"

23 So Hashem God banished him from the Garden of Eden, to work the soil from which he was taken.  24 And having driven out the man, He stationed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim and the flame of the ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.

Chapter 4

1 Now the man had known his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have acquired a man with Hashem."  2 And additionally she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a tiller of the ground.

3 After a period of time, Cain brought an offering to Hashem of the fruit of the ground.  4 and as for Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and from their choicest. Hashem turned to Abel and to his offering,  5 but to Cain and to his offering He did not turn. This annoyed Cain exceedingly, and his countenance fell.

6 And Hashem said to Cain, "Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen?  7 Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven. But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it."

8 Cain spoke with his brother Abel. And it happened when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Hashem said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" And he said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"

10 Then He said, "What have you done? The blood of your brother cries out to Me from the ground.  11 Therefore, you are cursed more than the ground, which opened wide its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

12 When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. You shall become a vagrant and a wanderer on earth."

13 Cain said to Hashem, "Is my iniquity too great to be borne?  14 Behold, You have banished me this day from the face of the earth — can I be hidden from Your presence? I must become a vagrant and a wanderer on earth; whoever meets me will kill me!"  15 Hashem said to him, "Therefore, whoever slays Cain, before seven generations have passed he will be punished." And Hashem placed a mark upon Cain, so that none that meet him might kill him.  16 Cain left the presence of Hashem and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

17 And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. He became a city-builder, and he named the city after his son Enoch.  18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.

19 Lamech took to himself two wives - The name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.  20 And Adah bore Jabal; he was the first of those who dwell in tents and breed cattle.  21 The name of his brother was Jubal; he was the first of all who handle the harp and flute.  22 And Zillah, too — she bore Tubal-cain, who sharpened all cutting implements of copper and iron. And the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said to his wives, "Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; wives of Lemech, give ear to my speech - Have I slain a man by my wound and a child by my bruise?  24 If Cain suffered vengeance at seven generations, then Lamech at seventy-seven!"

25 Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, because - "God has provided me another child in place of Abel, for Cain had killed him."  26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born, and he named him Enosh. Then to call in the Name of Hashem became profaned.

Chapter 5

1 This is the account of the descendants of Adam — on the day that God created Man, He made him in the likeness of God.  2 He created them male and female. He blessed them and called their name Man on the day they were created —  3 when Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he begot in his likeness and his image, and he named him Seth.  4 And the days of Adam after begetting Seth were eight hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters.  5 All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

6 Seth lived one hundred and five years and begot Enosh.  7 And Seth lived eight hundred and seven years after begetting Enosh, and he begot sons and daughters.  8 All the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.

9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Kenan.  10 And Enosh lived eight hundred and fifteen years after begetting Kenan, and he begot sons and daughters.

11 All the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.

12 Kenan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.  13 And Kenan lived eight hundred and forty years after begetting Mahalalel, and he begot sons and daughters.  14 All the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.

15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.  16 And Mahalalel lived eight hundred and thirty years after begetting Jared, and he begot sons and daughters.  17 All the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.

18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.  19 And Jared lived eight hundred years after begetting Enoch and he begot sons and daughters.  20 All the days of Jared came to nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.  22 Enoch walked with God for three hundred years after begetting Methuselah; and he begot sons and daughters.  23 All the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.

24 And Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, for God had taken him.

25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.

26 And Methuselah lived seven hundred and eight-two years after begetting Lamech, and he begot sons and daughters.  27 All the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.

28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and begot a son.  29 And he called his name Noah saying, "This one will bring us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands, from the ground which Hashem had cursed."

30 Lamech lived five hundred and ninety-five years after begetting Noah, and he begot sons and daughters.  31 All the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.
32 When Noah was five hundred years old, Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Chapter 6

1 And it came to pass when Man began to increase upon the ground and daughters were born to them,  2 the sons of the rulers saw that the daughters of man were good and they took themselves wives from whomever they chose.  3 And Hashem said, "My spirit shall not contend evermore concerning Man since he is but flesh; his days shall be a hundred and twenty years."

4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward when the sons of the rulers would consort with the daughters of man, who would bear to them. They were the mighty who, from old, were men of devastation.

5 Hashem saw that the wickedness of Man was great upon the earth, and that every product of the thoughts of his heart was but evil always.  6 And Hashem reconsidered having made Man on earth, and He had heartfelt sadness.  7 And Hashem said, "I will blot out Man whom I created from the face of the ground -- from man to animal, to creeping things, and to birds of the sky; for I have reconsidered My having made them."  8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of Hashem.

Haftaras Bereishis  —  Yeshayah/Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

Chapter 42

5 So said the God, Hashem, Who creates the heavens and stretches them forth, spreads out the earth and what grows from it, gives a soul to the people upon it, and a spirit to those who walk on it:

6 I am Hashem; in righteousness have I called you and taken hold of your hand; I have protected you and appointed you to bring the people to the covenant, to be a light for the nations,  7 to open blinded eyes, to remove a prisoner from confinement, dwellers in darkness from a dungeon.

8 I am Hashem; that is My Name, and I shall not give over My glory to another nor My praise to the graven idols.  9 Behold! the early prophecies have come about; now I relate new ones, before they sprout I shall let you hear [them].

10 Sing to Hashem a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, those who go down to the sea and those that fill it, the islands and their inhabitants.  11 Let the desert and its cities raise [their] voice, the open places where Kedar dwells, let those who dwell on bedrock sing out, from mountain summits shout.  12 Let them render glory to Hashem and declare His glory in the islands.  13 Hashem shall go forth like a warrior, like a man of wars He shall arouse His vengeance, He shall shout triumphantly, even roar, He shall overpower His enemies.

14 I have long kept silent, been quiet, restrained Myself — I will cry out like a woman giving birth; I will both lay waste and swallow up.  15 I will destroy mountains and hills and wither all their herbage, I will turn rivers into islands and I will dry up marshes.  16 I will lead the blind on a way they did not know, on paths they did not know will I have them walk; I will turn darkness to light before them and make the crooked places straight — these things shall I have done and not neglected them.  17 They will be driven back and deeply shamed, those who trust in graven idols; those who say to molten idols, "You are our gods."

18 O deaf ones, listen; and blind ones, gaze to see.  19 Who is blind but My servant, or as deaf as My agent whom I dispatch; who is blind as the perfect one and blind as the servant of Hashem?  20 Seeing much but heeding not, opening ears but hearing not.  21 Hashem desires for the sake of its righteousness that the Torah be made great and glorious.

22 But it is a looted, downtrodden people, all of them trapped in holes, and hidden away in prisons; they are looted without rescuer, downtrodden with no one saying, "Give back!"  23 Who among you will give ear to this, will hearken and hear what will happen later?  24 Who delivered Jacob to plunder and Israel to looters, was it not Hashem — the One against Whom we sinned — not willing to go in His ways, and not hearkening to His Torah?  25 So He poured His fiery wrath upon it and the power of war, and He set it on fire all around — but he would not know; it burned within him — but he did not take it to heart.

Chapter 43

1 And now, so says Hashem, your Creator, O Jacob; the One Who fashioned you, O Israel - Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, for you are Mine.  2 When you pass through water, I am with you; and through rivers, they will not flood you; when you walk through fire, you will not be burned; and a flame will not burn among you.  3 For I am Hashem your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt as your ransom, and Kush and Seba instead of you.

4 Because you were worthy in My eyes you were honored and I loved you, so I gave a person instead of you and regimes instead of your soul.  5 Fear not, for I am with you; from the east will I bring your offspring and from the west will I gather you.  6 I shall say to the north, "Give [back]," and to the south, "Do not withhold, bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the end of the earth",  7 everyone who is called by My Name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have fashioned, even perfected,  8 to remove the blind people though there are eyes, and deaf though they have ears.

9 Were all the nations gathered together and all the regimes assembled — who among them could have declared this, could have let us hear the early prophecies? Let them bring their witnesses and they will be vindicated; else let them hear and they will say, "It is true."

10 You are My witnesses — the words of Hashem — and My servant, whom I have chosen, so that you will know and believe in Me, and understand that I am He; before Me nothing was created by a god and after Me it shall not be.

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