In Genesis 1:1 the verse reads in Hebrew as this:בראשׁית ברא אלהים את השׁמים ואת הארץ׃Bereshit bara Elohim ‘et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz. "The Bible, Prayer, and Maqam: Extra-Musical Associations of Syrian Jews. Bereshit bara E lohim; et ha S hamayim ve’et ha’aretz. Actually, we cannot really understand this line, because it is clearly missing at least one word. I definitely want to learn more Hebrew. Mailing: 1250 N. Wenatchee Ave. #H370, Wenatchee, WA 98801, write us and let us know how to pray for you. Ben Zoma replied that he was staring at the space between the upper and the lower waters (described in Genesis 1:6–7). The Midrash taught that for 120 years (deduced from Genesis 6:3), Noah planted cedars and cut them down. ", Margaret Moers Wenig. [83] Lamech lived 777 years. [58] Cain spoke to Abel, and when they were in the field, Cain killed Abel. Commentators note that the Hebrew Bible repeats the commandment to observe the Sabbath 12 times.[123]. "When Did God Finish Creation? [24] God placed the man in the garden of Eden to till and tend it, and freed him to eat from every tree of the garden, except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil, warning that if the man ate of it, he would surely die. ", Harry M. Orlinsky. "[73] Seth had a son named Enosh, and then men began to invoke the Lord by name. This is a very apt description of the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the word” indeed! [25] Announcing that it was not good for man to be alone and that God would make for him a fitting helper, God formed out of the earth all the beasts and birds and brought them to the man to name. "[150], A Baraita taught that the upper waters created in Genesis 1:6–7 remain suspended by Divine command, and their fruit is the rainwater, and thus Psalm 104:13 says: "The earth is full of the fruit of Your works." Similarly, Resh Lakish taught that the words "I am God Almighty" (אֵל שַׁדַּי‎, El Shaddai) in Genesis 35:11 mean, "I am He Who said to the world: ‘Enough!'" "A Note on Genesis 1:2. from the ground," using the plural "bloods" to signify the victim's blood and the blood of the victim's offspring. [164], Rava (or some say Rabbi Joshua ben Levi) taught that even a person who prays on the eve of the Sabbath must recite Genesis 2:1–3, "And the heaven and the earth were finished . Zohar - Bereshit A ... FROM BERESHEET, and are included within it and these SIX THAT ARE HINTED AT IN BARA SHEET (LIT. For when God gave the Israelites manna, all through the 40 years in the wilderness, God gave it during on the six days during which God had created the world, Sunday through Friday, but on the Sabbath, God did not give them manna. The Zohar's interpretation of the words 'Bereshit bara Elohim', usually translated as 'In the beginning G-d created', seems not to understand the word Elohim to be the subject of the verb bara, but instead as the object of the verb. [278], Baḥya ibn Paquda noted that Genesis 1:27, "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God, He created man," and Genesis 6:8, "in the eyes of God," imply that God has physical form and body parts, and Genesis 6:5–6, "And the Lord saw . (Thus by means of instituting the Sabbath itself, God completed God's work, and humanity's world, on the seventh day.) A snake convinces Eve, who then invites Adam, to eat the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden to them. Nevertheless, Genesis 4:7 teaches "you may rule over it" if one so desires, for one may mend one's ways and remove it. Since God is perfect, it would have been insufficient for God to give merely a partial good. Rav taught that these were the days of mourning for Methuselah, and thus that lamenting the righteous postpones retribution. [30] Thus a man leaves his parents and clings to his wife, so that they become one flesh. [1] Jews read it on the first Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in October, or rarely, in late September or early November. From the ground, Cain asked Abel what he would tell their father if Abel killed him. [90] The seventh reading (עליה‎, aliyah), the tenth open portion (פתוחה‎, petuchah), and the parashah end here. In the very beginning of the Bible, we read: “Bereshit bara Elohim” … “In the beginning, God created…” Thus Deuteronomy 23:22 enjoins, "If you vow a vow, you shall not delay to perform it." Reading the report of God’s creating Adam in Genesis 2:15, “And He put him (וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ‎, vayanihehu) into the Garden of Eden,” the Midrash taught that “And He put him (וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ‎, vayanihehu)” means that God gave Adam the precept of the Sabbath, for the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Exodus 20:10 (20:11 in NJPS), “And rested (וַיָּנַח‎, vayanach) on the seventh day.” Genesis 2:15 continues, “to till it (לְעָבְדָהּ‎, le’avedah),” and the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Exodus 20:8 (20:9 in NJPS), “Six days shall you labor (תַּעֲבֹד‎, ta’avod).” And Genesis 2:15 continues, “And to keep it (וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ‎, ule-shamerah),” and the Sabbath commandment uses a similar word in Deuteronomy 5:11 (5:12 in NJPS), “Keep (שָׁמוֹר‎, shamor) the Sabbath day.”[176], Similarly, a Midrash recounts that Rabbi Jeremiah ben Leazar taught that when God created Adam, God created him a hermaphrodite — two bodies, male and female, joined together — for Genesis 5:2 says, "male and female created He them . This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thus, when God created the first day and finished all God's work on it, God dedicated it, as Genesis 1:5 says, "And it was evening, and it was morning, one day." In, Shai Cherry. The very first letter beit – ב is a picture of a house in the Hebrew picture language. [196]), Reading the words of Genesis 4:8, "And Cain spoke to Abel his brother," a Midrash imagined the subject of their discussion. "[133], A Midrash taught that a heretic once asked Rabbi Akiva who created the world. . Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai taught that all real demoralization proceeds from the leaders, as they are in a position to stop it. [204], Rabbi Tanhuma taught in Rabbi Banayah's name, and Rabbi Berekiah taught in Rabbi Eleazar's name, that God created Adam a shapeless mass, and Adam lay stretching from one end of the world to the other, as Psalm 139:16 says, "Your eyes did see my shapeless mass." [147], The Rabbis taught in a Baraita that once Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah was standing on a step on the Temple Mount, and Ben Zoma (who was younger than Rabbi Joshua) saw him but did not stand up before him in respect. Bereshit bara Elohim et hashamayim ve-et ha-aretz. In the Jahwist's Genesis, this dissatisfaction repeatedly gets people into trouble, but the author still, in Oden's reading, finds this human trait admirable, the source of cultural advances. [65] Cain had a son, Enoch, and founded a city, and named it after Enoch. [85] God set the days allowed to man at 120 years. In the first reading (עליה‎, aliyah), God (Elohim) created the heaven and earth "in a beginning", the earth was unformed and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved on the face of the water. And God created humanity from one person for the sake of peace, so that none can say that their ancestry is greater than another's. One overcame the other and killed him. Closed portion divisions further divide the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh readings.[4]. Out of this quarrel, as Genesis 4:8 reports, "Cain rose up against his brother Abel." Similar language appears through the six days of creation. The Zohar calls the Torah nothing but an exoteric cover of the Kabala. The Rabbis compared it to a king who made a ring that lacked only a signet. The House of Hillel said unless he has a boy and a girl, since Genesis 5:2 says, "male and female created He them. Your email address will not be published. If so, then one would need to interpret the continuation of Genesis 1:5, "and the darkness He called night," to teach that "night" (לָיְלָה‎, lailah) similarly must mean the advancing of darkness. The angels objected that Moses and Aaron fulfilled the whole Torah, but they died. The good inclination, however, is developed. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. But as soon as God told Adam in Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread," Adam's mind was set at ease. The haftarah in Isaiah 42:6–7, 16 echoes the word "light" (and God's control of it) from Genesis 1:3–5, but puts the word to broader use. bara Elohim . And Rabbi Simeon ben Levi (or others say Rabbi Simeon ben Lakish) taught that a person's Evil Inclination gathers strength against that person daily and seeks to slay that person, as Psalm 37:32 says, "The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him." Maimonides taught that the Hebrew term שָּׂטָן‎, satan was derived from the same root as the word שְׂטֵה‎, seteh, "turn away," as in Proverbs 4:15, and thus implies the notion of turning and moving away from a thing. Leviticus 10:12 demonstrates that in conferring an honor, we start with the most important person, for when Moses instructed Aaron, Eleazar, and Ithamar that they should not conduct themselves as mourners, Moses spoke first to Aaron and only thereafter to Aaron's sons Eleazar and Ithamar. But the House of Hillel taught that the earth was created first and heaven was created afterwards, as Genesis 2:4 says, "In the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven." [219], In Genesis 6:6, the heart grieves. The Gemara noted a dispute among the Tannaim over this interpretation. [166], Rabbi Jeremiah ben Eleazar read Genesis 5:3, "And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and begot a son in his own likeness, after his own image," to imply that until that time, Adam did not beget after his own image. The Word Bereshit (בראשׁית) in Hebrew letters is: Tav, Yud, Shin, Alef, Resh, Beit (Hebrew is read right to left.). . Notify me of follow-up comments by email. [122], Genesis 2:1–3 refers to the Sabbath. The Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer taught that Adam did not beget in his own image until Seth was born, who was after his father Adam’s likeness and image. [121], The NIV Archaeological Study Bible notes that the word translated "crouches" (רֹבֵץ‎, roveitz) in Genesis 4:7 is the same as an ancient Babylonian word used to describe a demon lurking behind a door, threatening the people inside. [217], The Tosefta taught that the flood killed people before animals (as seen in the order of Genesis 7:23), because man sinned first (as shown in Genesis 6:5). For Rabbi Simlai taught that the serpent had many pleas that it could have advanced, but it did not do so. Genibah compared it to a king who made a bridal chamber, which he plastered, painted, and adorned, so that all that the bridal chamber lacked was a bride to enter it. But in the Bible, it usually has a singular meaning and it is used as a proper name for God. "Enigmatic Bible Passages: The Plain Meaning of Genesis 1:1–3. Another explanation is that during "the seven days," God gave them a foretaste of the world to come, so that they might know the nature of the rewards of which they were depriving themselves. [56] God paid heed to Abel and his offering, but not to Cain and his, distressing Cain. So Rav Ashi replied that wa-yehi sometimes presages misfortune, and sometimes it does not, but the expression "and it came to pass in the days of" always presages misfortune. [79], In the continuation of the reading, Jared's son Enoch had a son Methuselah and then walked with God 300 years, and when Enoch reached age 365, God took him. [140], Rav Judah taught that when God created the world, it went on expanding like two unraveling balls of thread, until God rebuked it and brought it to a standstill, as Job 26:21 says, "The pillars of heaven were trembling, but they became astonished at His rebuke." "Did Cain Get Away with Murder? [290], The 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza argued that Scripture often uses the term "Spirit of the Lord" as equivalent to the human mind, as in Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh,” which Spinoza read to mean “since man acts on the dictates of his body, and not the spirit that I gave him to discern the good, I will let him alone.”[291], Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University Divinity School suggested that the reference in Genesis 6:4 to the "sons of God" who abused their position may refer disapprovingly to "the young men who grew up with" Israelite King Rehoboam referred to in 1 Kings 12:8–10 who counselled Rehoboam to increase the burdens on the people. [47], In the continuation of the reading, God cursed Adam to toil to earn his food from the ground, which would sprout thorns and thistles, until he returned to the ground from which he was taken. [39] The man replied that he grew afraid when he heard God, and he hid because he was naked. In, Islwyn Blythin, A. Feuillet, P.P. God answered that God gave Adam an easy command, and he violated it. [211], Reading the words of Genesis 6:2, "the sons of God (בְנֵי-הָאֱלֹהִים‎, bene elohim) saw the daughters of men," Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai called them "the sons of nobles," and Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai cursed all who called them "the sons of God." [72] Adam and Eve had a third son and named him Seth, meaning "God has provided me with another offspring in place of Abel. [144] Similarly, Rabbi Judah bar Simon interpreted Genesis 1:5, “And God called the light day,” to symbolize Jacob/Israel; “and the darkness he called night,” to symbolize Esau; “and there was evening,” to symbolize Esau; “and there was morning,” to symbolize Jacob. Genesis 1:1–2:4 and Isaiah 42:5 both tell of God's creation of heaven and earth. Veha'arets hayetah tohu vavohu vechoshech al-peney tehom veruach Elohim merachefet al-peney hamayim. She was called Naamah, because her deeds were pleasing (ne'imim). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. [126] And the Books of 4 Ezra (or 2 Esdras) and 2 Baruch interpreted Genesis 2:17 to teach that because Adam transgressed God's commandment, God decreed death to Adam and his descendants for all time. "Male and Female God Created Them: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1–6:8)." And Genesis 7:11 characterizes their punishment as great (רַבָּה‎, rabbah), saying, "on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up." Pronunciation of Bereshit with 2 audio pronunciations, 1 meaning, 1 translation and more for Bereshit. ", Pamela J. Milne. [78] A closed portion (סתומה‎, setumah) ends after the account of each descendant. ", Thomas E. Boomershine. [187], A Baraita reported that Rabbi taught that in conferring an honor, we start with the most important person, while in conferring a curse, we start with the least important. Judah the son of Rabbi, however, said that their quarrel was about the first Eve. But the Sages equated the light created on the first day with the lights of which Genesis 1:14 speaks, which God created on the first day, but placed in the heavens on the fourth day. ", she ate some of its fruit and gave some to her husband to eat, "A Complete Triennial Cycle for Reading the Torah,", "The Image of God in the Book of Genesis — A Study of Terminology. [82] A closed portion (סתומה‎, setumah) ends here. 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