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2) Parshah Noach

Parshah and Haftorah for Noach (נֹחַ ), Hebrew “Noach” = the name “Noah,” the third word in the parshah Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32, to be read on Tishrei 28 – Cheshvan 4, 5779; Oct 7-13, 2018.

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Parshah In a Nutshell for Noach

Genesis 6:9-11:32

G*d instructs Noah — the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption — to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. A great deluge, says G*d, will wipe out all life from the face of the earth; but the ark will float upon the water, sheltering Noah and his family, and two members (male and female) of each animal species.

Rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and from its window Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, “to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth.” When the ground dries completely — exactly one solar year (365 days) after the onset of the Flood — G*d commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth.

Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to G*d. G*d swears never again to destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man. G*d also commands Noah regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.

Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk on its produce. Two of Noah’s sons, Shem and Japeth, are blessed for covering up their father’s nakedness, while his third son, Ham, is cursed for taking advantage of his debasement.

The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy their Creator by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility; G*d confuses their language so that “one does not comprehend the tongue of the other,” causing them to abandon their project and disperse across the face of the earth, splitting into seventy nations.

The Parshah of Noach concludes with a chronology of the ten generations from Noah to Abram (later Abraham), and the latter’s journey from his birthplace of Ur Casdim to Charan, on the way to the Land of Canaan.

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Parshah reading for Noach

Genesis 6:9-11:32

1st Portion

Chapter 6

9. These are the generations of Noah, Noah was a righteous man he was perfect in his generations; Noah walked with G*d. 10. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11. Now the earth was corrupt before G*d, and the earth became full of robbery. 12. And G*d saw the earth, and behold it had become corrupted, for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth. 13. And G*d said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth has become full of robbery because of them, and behold I am destroying them from the earth. 14. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with compartments, and you shall caulk it both inside and outside with pitch. 15. And this [is the size] you shall make it: three hundred cubits the length of the ark, fifty cubits its breadth, and thirty cubits its height. 16. You shall make a skylight for the ark, and to a cubit you shall finish it to the top, and the entrance of the ark you shall place in its side; you shall make it with bottom [compartments], second story [compartments], and third story [compartments]. 17. And I, behold I am bringing the flood, water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which there is the spirit of life, from beneath the heavens; all that is upon the earth will perish. 18. And I will set up My covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you and your sons, and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19. And of all living things of all flesh, two of each you shall bring into the ark to preserve alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20. Of the fowl after its kind and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing upon the ground after its kind; two of each shall come to you to preserve alive. 21. And you, take for yourself of every food that is eaten and gather it in to you, and it shall be for you and for them to eat.” 22. And Noah did; according to all that G*d had commanded him, so he did.

2nd Portion

Chapter 7

1. And the L*rd said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for it is you that I have seen as a righteous man before Me in this generation. 2. Of all the clean animals you shall take for yourself seven pairs, a male and its mate, and of the animals that are not clean, two, a male and its mate. 3. Also, of the fowl of the heavens, seven pairs, male and female, to keep seed alive on the face of the earth. 4. For in another seven days, I will make it rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out all beings that I have made, off the face of the earth.” 5. And Noah did, according to all that the L*rd had commanded him. 6. And Noah was six hundred years old, and the flood came about, water upon the earth. 7. And Noah went in and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him into the ark because of the flood waters. 8. Of the clean beasts and of the beasts that are not clean, and of the fowl, and all that creeps upon the earth. 9. Two by two they came to Noah to the ark, male and female, as G*d had commanded Noah. 10. And it came to pass after the seven days, that the flood waters were upon the earth. 11. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on this day, all the springs of the great deep were split, and the windows of the heavens opened up. 12. And the rain was upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. 13. On this very day, Noah came, and Shem and Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, and Noah’s wife and his sons’ three wives with them, into the ark. 14. They, and every beast after its kind, and every domestic animal after its kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every fowl after its kind, every bird of every wing. 15. And they came to Noah to the ark, two by two of all flesh in which there is the spirit of life. 16. And those who came male and female of all flesh came, as G*d had commanded him, and the L*rd shut him in.

3rd Portion

Chapter 7

17. Now the Flood was forty days upon the earth, and the waters increased, and they lifted the ark, and it rose off the earth. 18. And the waters became powerful, and they increased very much upon the earth, and the ark moved upon the waters. 19. And the waters became exceedingly powerful upon the earth, and all the lofty mountains that were under the heavens were covered up. 20. Fifteen cubits above did the waters prevail, and the mountains were covered up. 21. And all flesh perished that moved upon the earth, among the fowl, and among the cattle, and among the beasts, and among all creeping creatures that creep upon the earth and all mankind. 22. Everything that had the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils, of all that were on the dry land, died. 23. And it [the Flood] blotted out all beings that were upon the face of the earth, from man to animal to creeping thing and to the fowl of the heavens, and they were blotted out from the earth, and only Noah and those with him in the ark survived. 24. And the water prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

Chapter 8

1. And G*d remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark, and G*d caused a spirit to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2. And the springs of the deep were closed, and the windows of the heavens, and the rain from the heavens was withheld. 3. And the waters receded off the earth more and more, and the water diminished at the end of a hundred and fifty days. 4. And the ark came to rest in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. 5. And the waters constantly diminished until the tenth month; in the tenth [month], on the first of the month, the mountain peaks appeared. 6. And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made. 7. And he sent forth the raven, and it went out, back and forth until the waters dried up off the earth. 8. And he sent forth the dove from with him, to see whether the waters had abated from upon the surface of the earth. 9. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of its foot; so it returned to him to the ark because there was water upon the entire surface of the earth; so he stretched forth his hand and took it, and he brought it to him to the ark. 10. And he waited again another seven days, and he again sent forth the dove from the ark. 11. And the dove returned to him at eventide, and behold it had plucked an olive leaf in its mouth; so Noah knew that the water had abated from upon the earth. 12. And he again waited another seven days, and he sent forth the dove, and it no longer continued to return to him. 13. And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first [month], on the first of the month, that the waters dried up from upon the earth, and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and he saw, and behold, the surface of the ground had dried up. 14. And in the second month, on the twenty seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.

4th Portion

Chapter 8

15. And G*d spoke to Noah saying: 16. “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. 17. Every living thing that is with you of all flesh, of fowl, and of animals and of all the creeping things that creep on the earth, bring out with you, and they shall swarm upon the earth, and they shall be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.” 18. So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19. Every beast, every creeping thing, and all fowl, everything that moves upon the earth, according to their families they went forth from the ark. 20. And Noah built an altar to the L*rd, and he took of all the clean animals and of all the clean fowl and brought up burnt offerings on the altar. 21. And the L*rd smelled the pleasant aroma, and the L*rd said to Himself, “I will no longer curse the earth because of man, for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, and I will no longer smite all living things as I have done. 22. So long as the earth exists, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Chapter 9

1. And G*d blessed Noah and his sons, and He said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2. And your fear and your dread shall be upon all the beasts of the earth and upon all the fowl of the heaven; upon everything that creeps upon the ground and upon all the fish of the sea, [for] they have been given into your hand[s]. 3. Every moving thing that lives shall be yours to eat; like the green vegetation, I have given you everything. 4. But, flesh with its soul, its blood, you shall not eat. 5. But your blood, of your souls, I will demand [an account]; from the hand of every beast I will demand it, and from the hand of man, from the hand of each man, his brother, I will demand the soul of man. 6. Whoever sheds the blood of man through man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of G*d He made man. 7. And you, be fruitful and multiply; swarm upon the earth and multiply thereon.”

5th Portion

Chapter 9

8. And G*d said to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9. “And I, behold I am setting up My covenant with you and with your seed after you. 10. And with every living creature that is with you, among the fowl, among the cattle, and among all the beasts of the earth with you, of all those who came out of the ark, of all the living creatures of the earth. 11. And I will establish My covenant with you, and never again will all flesh be cut off by the flood waters, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12. And G*d said: “This is the sign of the covenant, which I am placing between Me and between you, and between every living soul that is with you, for everlasting generations. 13. My rainbow I have placed in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Myself and the earth. 14. And it shall come to pass, when I cause clouds to come upon the earth, that the rainbow will appear in the cloud. 15. And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and between you and between every living creature among all flesh, and the water will no longer become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16. And the rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will see it, to remember the everlasting covenant between G*d and between every living creature among all flesh, which is on the earth.” 17. And G*d said to Noah: “This is the sign of the covenant that I have set up, between Myself and between all flesh that is on the earth.”

6th Portion

Chapter 9

18. And the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham he was the father of Canaan. 19. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these, the entire earth spread out. 20. And Noah began to be a master of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21. And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent. 22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness, and he told his two brothers outside. 23. And Shem and Japheth took the garment, and they placed [it] on both of their shoulders, and they walked backwards, and they covered their father’s nakedness, and their faces were turned backwards, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24. And Noah awoke from his wine, and he knew what his small son had done to him. 25. And he said, “Cursed be Canaan; he shall be a slave among slaves to his brethren.” 26. And he said, “Blessed be the L*rd, the G*d of Shem, and may Canaan be a slave to them. 27. May G*d expand Japheth, and may He dwell in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be a slave to them.” 28. And Noah lived after the Flood, three hundred and fifty years. 29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.

Chapter 10

1. And these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and sons were born to them after the Flood. 2. The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal, and Meshech and Tiras. 3. And the sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah. 4. And the sons of Javan were Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 5. From these, the islands of the nations separated in their lands, each one to his language, according to their families, in their nations. 6. And the sons of Ham were Cush and Mizraim and Put and Canaan. 7. And the sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabta and Raamah and Sabtecha, and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. 8. And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty man in the land. 9. He was a mighty hunter before the L*rd; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the L*rd.” 10. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babylon and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 11. From that land emerged Asshur, and he built Nineveh and Rehoboth ir and Calah. 12. And Resen, between Nineveh and between Calah; that is the great city. 13. And Mizraim begot the Ludim and the Anamim and the Lehabim and the Naphtuhim, 14. And the Pathrusim and the Casluhim, from whom the Philistines emerged, and the Caphtorim. 15. And Canaan begot Zidon his firstborn and Heth. 16. And the Jebusites and the Amorites and the Girgashites. 17. And the Hivvites and the Arkites and the Sinites. 18. and the Arvadites and the Zemarites and the Hamathites, and afterwards the families of the Canaanites were scattered. 19. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon as you come to Gerar, until Gaza, as you come to Sodom and Gomorrah, and Admah and Zeboiim, until Lesha. 20. These are the sons of Ham according to their families, and their tongues, in their lands, in their nations. 21. And to Shem were also born [children; he was] the father of all the people of the other side [of the river], the brother of Japheth the elder. 22. The sons of Shem were Elam and Asshur and Arpachshad and Lud and Aram. 23. And the sons of Aram were Uz and Hul and Gether and Mash. 24. And Arpachshad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber. 25. And to Eber were born two sons: one was named Peleg, because in his days the earth was divided, and the name of his brother was Joktan. 26. And Joktan begot Almodad and Sheleph and Hazarmaveth and Jerah. 27. And Hadoram and Uzal and Diklah. 28. And Obal and Abimael and Sheba. 29. And Ophir and Havilah and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan. 30. And their settlement was from Mesha, as you come to Sephar, the mountain of the east. 31. These are the sons of Shem according to their families, according to their tongues, in their lands, according to their nations. 32. These are the families of the sons of Noah according to their generations, in their nations, and from these, the nations were separated on the earth after the Flood.

7th Portion

Chapter 11

1. Now the entire earth was of one language and uniform words. 2. And it came to pass when they traveled from the east, that they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and fire them thoroughly”; so the bricks were to them for stones, and the clay was to them for mortar. 4. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered upon the face of the entire earth.” 5. And the L*rd descended to see the city and the tower that the sons of man had built. 6. And the L*rd said, “Lo! [they are] one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they have commenced to do. Now, will it not be withheld from them, all that they have planned to do? 7. Come, let us descend and confuse their language, so that one will not understand the language of his companion.” 8. And the L*rd scattered them from there upon the face of the entire earth, and they ceased building the city. 9. Therefore, He named it Babel, for there the L*rd confused the language of the entire earth, and from there the L*rd scattered them upon the face of the entire earth. 10. These are the generations of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and he begot Arpachshad, two years after the Flood. 11. And Shem lived after he had begotten Arpachshad five hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 12. And Arpachshad lived thirty five years, and he begot Shelah. 13. And Arpachshad lived after he had begotten Shelah four hundred and three years, and he begot sons and daughters. 14. And Shelah lived thirty years, and he begot Eber. 15. And Shelah lived after he had begotten Eber, four hundred and three years, and he begot sons and daughters. 16. And Eber lived thirty four years, and he begot Peleg. 17. And Eber lived after he had begotten Peleg, four hundred and thirty years, and he begot sons and daughters. 18. And Peleg lived thirty years, and he begot Reu. 19. And Peleg lived after he had begotten Reu, two hundred and nine years, and he begot sons and daughters. 20. And Reu lived thirty two years, and he begot Serug. 21. And Reu lived after he had begotten Serug two hundred and seven years, and he begot sons and daughters. 22. And Serug lived thirty years, and he begot Nahor. 23. And Serug lived after he had begotten Nahor, two hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 24. And Nahor lived twenty nine years, and he begot Terah. 25. And Nahor lived after he had begotten Terah one hundred and nineteen years, and he begot sons and daughters. 26. And Terah lived seventy years, and he begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27. And these are the generations of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran begot Lot. 28. And Haran died during the lifetime of Terah his father in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees.29. And Abram and Nahor took themselves wives; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30. And Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31. And Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter in law, the wife of Abram his son, and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees to go to the land of Canaan, and they came as far as Haran and settled there. 32. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

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Haftorah In a Nutshell for Noach

Isaiah 54:1-10.

Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G*d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel’s once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G*d made with Noah in this week’s Torah reading. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.

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Haftorah reading for Noach

Isaiah 54:1-10.

Chapter 54

1. “Sing you barren woman who has not borne; burst out into song and jubilate, you who have not experienced birth pangs, for the children of the desolate one are more than the children of the married woman,” says the L*rd. 2. Widen the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations, do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 3. For right and left shall you prevail, and your seed shall inherit nations and repeople desolate cities. 4. Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed, and be not embarrassed for you shall not be put to shame, for the shame of your youth you shall forget, and the disgrace of your widowhood you shall no longer remember. 5. For your Master is your Maker, the L*rd of Hosts is His name, and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, shall be called the G*d of all the earth. 6. For, like a wife who is deserted and distressed in spirit has the L*rd called you, and a wife of one’s youth who was rejected, said your G*d. 7. “For a small moment have I forsaken you, and with great mercy will I gather you. 8. With a little wrath did I hide My countenance for a moment from you, and with everlasting kindness will I have compassion on you,” said your Redeemer, the L*rd. 9. “For this is to Me [as] the waters of Noah, as I swore that the waters of Noah shall never again pass over the earth, so have I sworn neither to be wroth with you nor to rebuke you. 10. For the mountains shall depart and the hills totter, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace totter,” says the L*rd, Who has compassion on you.

1) Parshah Bereishis

Parshah and Haftorah for Bereishit (בְּרֵאשִׁית ), in Hebrew “Bereishit” = “In begining.” The word “Beresheit” is the first words in the parshah Beresishit, Genesis 1:1-6:8, to be read on Tishrei 21-27, 5779 a.k.a., Sep 30 – Oct 6, 2018.

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Parshah In a Nutshell for Bereishit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

G*d creates the world in six days. 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 sets the boundaries of land and sea and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land-animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G*d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G*d 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,” G*d 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 is born to Adam, Seth, whose tenth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.

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Parshah reading for Bereishit

Genesis 1:1-6:8

1st Portion

Chapter 1

1. In the beginning of G*d’s creation of the heavens and the earth. 2. Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of G*d was hovering over the face of the water. 3. And G*d said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4. And G*d saw the light that it was good, and G*d separated between the light and between the darkness. 5. And G*d called the light day, and the darkness He called night, and it was evening and it was morning, one day. 6. And G*d said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation between water and water.” 7. And G*d made the expanse and it separated between the water that was below the expanse and the water that was above the expanse, and it was so. 8. And G*d called the expanse Heaven, and it was evening, and it was morning, a second day. 9. And G*d said, “Let the water that is beneath the heavens gather into one place, and let the dry land appear,” and it was so. 10. And G*d called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas, and G*d saw that it was good. 11. And G*d said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, seed yielding herbs and fruit trees producing fruit according to its kind in which its seed is found, on the earth,” and it was so. 12. And the earth gave forth vegetation, seed yielding herbs according to its kind, and trees producing fruit, in which its seed is found, according to its kind, and G*d saw that it was good. 13. And it was evening, and it was morning, a third day. 14. And G*d said, “Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens, to separate between the day and between the night, and they shall be for signs and for appointed seasons and for days and years. 15. And they shall be for luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to shed light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16. And G*d made the two great luminaries: the great luminary to rule the day and the lesser luminary to rule the night, and the stars. 17. And G*d placed them in the expanse of the heavens to shed light upon the earth. 18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate between the light and between the darkness, and G*d saw that it was good. 19. And it was evening, and it was morning, a fourth day. 20. And G*d said, “Let the waters swarm a swarming of living creatures, and let fowl fly over the earth, across the expanse of the heavens.” 21. And G*d created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that crawls, with which the waters swarmed, according to their kind, and every winged fowl, according to its kind, and G*d saw that it was good. 22. And G*d blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the fowl multiply upon the earth.” 23. And it was evening, and it was morning, a fifth day. 24. And G*d said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind, cattle and creeping things and the beasts of the earth according to their kind,” and it was so. 25. And G*d made the beasts of the earth according to their kind and the cattle according to their kind, and all the creeping things of the ground according to their kind, and G*d saw that it was good. 26. And G*d said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and they shall rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven and over the animals and over all the earth and over all the creeping things that creep upon the earth.” 27. And G*d created man in His image; in the image of G*d He created him; male and female He created them. 28. And G*d blessed them, and G*d said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the sky and over all the beasts that tread upon the earth. ” 29. And G*d said, “Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is upon the surface of the entire earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit; it will be yours for food. 30. And to all the beasts of the earth and to all the fowl of the heavens, and to everything that moves upon the earth, in which there is a living spirit, every green herb to eat,” and it was so. 31. And G*d saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good, and it was evening and it was morning, the sixth day.

Chapter 2

1. Now the heavens and the earth were completed and all their host. 2. And G*d completed on the seventh day His work that He did, and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work that He did. 3. And G*d blessed the seventh day and He hallowed it, for thereon He abstained from all His work that G*d created to do.

2nd Portion

Chapter 2

4. These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, on the day that the L*rd G*d made earth and heaven. 5. Now no tree of the field was yet on the earth, neither did any herb of the field yet grow, because the L*rd G*d had not brought rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the soil. 6. And a mist ascended from the earth and watered the entire surface of the ground. 7. And the L*rd G*d formed man of dust from the ground, and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a living soul. 8. And the L*rd G*d planted a garden in Eden from the east, and He placed there the man whom He had formed. 9. And the L*rd G*d caused to sprout from the ground every tree pleasant to see and good to eat, and the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. 10. And a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it separated and became four heads. 11. The name of one is Pishon; that is the one that encompasses all the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12. And the gold of that land is good; there is the crystal and the onyx stone. 13. And the name of the second river is Gihon; that is the one that encompasses all the land of Cush. 14. And the name of the third river is Tigris; that is the one that flows to the east of Assyria, and the fourth river that is the Euphrates. 15. Now the L*rd G*d took the man, and He placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it. 16. And the L*rd G*d commanded man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat. 17. But of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for on the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” 18. And the L*rd G*d said, “It is not good that man is alone; I shall make him a helpmate opposite him.” 19. And the L*rd G*d formed from the earth every beast of the field and every fowl of the heavens, and He brought [it] to man to see what he would call it, and whatever the man called each living thing, that was its name.

3rd Portion

Chapter 2

20. And man named all the cattle and the fowl of the heavens and all the beasts of the field, but for man, he did not find a helpmate opposite him. 21. And the L*rd G*d caused a deep sleep to fall upon man, and he slept, and He took one of his sides, and He closed the flesh in its place. 22. And the L*rd G*d built the side that He had taken from man into a woman, and He brought her to man. 23. And man said, “This time, it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one shall be called ishah (woman) because this one was taken from ish (man).” 24. Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25. Now they were both naked, the man and his wife, but they were not ashamed.

Chapter 3

1. Now the serpent was cunning, more than all the beasts of the field that the L*rd G*d had made, and it said to the woman, “Did G*d indeed say, ‘You shall not eat of any of the trees of the garden?'” 2. And the woman said to the serpent, “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. 3. But of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, G*d said, “You shall not eat of it, and you shall not touch it, lest you die.'” 4. And the serpent said to the woman, “You will surely not die. 5. For G*d knows that on the day that you eat thereof, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like angels, knowing good and evil.” 6. And the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to make one wise; so she took of its fruit, and she ate, and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7. And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves and made themselves girdles. 8. And they heard the voice of the L*rd G*d going in the garden to the direction of the sun, and the man and his wife hid from before the L*rd G*d in the midst of the trees of the garden. 9. And the L*rd G*d called to man, and He said to him, “Where are you?” 10. And he said, “I heard Your voice 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 from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12. And the man said, “The woman whom You gave [to be] with me she gave me of the tree; so I ate.” 13. And the L*rd G*d said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent enticed me, and I ate.” 14. And the L*rd G*d said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed be you more than all the cattle and more than all the beasts of the field; you shall walk on your belly, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. 15. And I shall place hatred between you and between the woman, and between your seed and between her seed. He will crush your head, and you will bite his heel.” 16. To the woman He said, “I shall surely increase your sorrow and your pregnancy; in pain you shall bear children. And to your husband will be your desire, and he will rule over you.” 17. And to man He said, “Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed be the ground for your sake; with toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life. 18. And it will cause thorns and thistles to grow for you, and you shall eat the herbs of the field. 19. With the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, for you were taken therefrom, for dust you are, and to dust you will return.” 20. And the man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all life. 21. And the L*rd G*d made for Adam and for his wife shirts of skin, and He dressed them.

4th Portion

Chapter 3

22. Now the L*rd G*d said, “Behold man has become like one of us, having the ability of knowing good and evil, and now, lest he stretch forth his hand and take also from the Tree of Life and eat and live forever.” 23. And the L*rd G*d sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to till the soil, whence he had been taken. 24. And He drove the man out, and He stationed from the east of the Garden of Eden the cherubim and the blade of the revolving sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.

Chapter 4

1. Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, and she said, “I have acquired a man with the L*rd.” 2. And she continued to bear his brother Abel, and Abel was a shepherd of flocks, and Cain was a tiller of the soil. 3. Now it came to pass at the end of days, that Cain brought of the fruit of the soil an offering to the L*rd. 4. And Abel he too brought of the firstborn of his flocks and of their fattest, and the L*rd turned to Abel and to his offering. 5. But to Cain and to his offering He did not turn, and it annoyed Cain exceedingly, and his countenance fell. 6. And the L*rd said to Cain, “Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? 7. Is it not so that if you improve, it will be forgiven you? If you do not improve, however, at the entrance, sin is lying, and to you is its longing, but you can rule over it.” 8. And Cain spoke to Abel his brother, and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him. 9. And the L*rd said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10. And He said, “What have you done? Hark! Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the earth. 11. And now, you are cursed even more than the ground, which opened its mouth to take your brother’s blood from your hand. 12. When you till the soil, it will not continue to give its strength to you; you shall be a wanderer and an exile in the land.” 13. And Cain said to the L*rd, “Is my iniquity too great to bear? 14. Behold You have driven me today off the face of the earth, and I shall be hidden from before You, and I will be a wanderer and an exile in the land, and it will be that whoever finds me will kill me.” 15. And the L*rd said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be wrought upon him sevenfold,” and the L*rd placed a mark on Cain that no one who find him slay him. 16. And Cain went forth from before the L*rd, and he dwelt in the land of the wanderers, to the east of Eden. 17. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch, and he was building a city, and he called the city after the name of his son, Enoch. 18. And Irad was born to Enoch, and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehijael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lemech.

5th Portion

Chapter 4

19. And Lemech took himself two wives; one was named Adah, and the other was named Zillah. 20. Now Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents and have cattle. 21. And his brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who grasp a lyre and a flute. 22. And Zillah she too bore Tubal cain, who sharpened all tools that cut copper and iron, and Tubal cain’s sister was Na’amah.

6th Portion

Chapter 4

23. Now Lemech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, hearken to my voice; wives of Lemech, incline your ears to my words, for I have slain a man by wounding (him) and a child by bruising (him). 24. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then for Lemech it shall be seventy seven fold.” 25. And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son, and she named him Seth, for G*d has given me other seed, instead of Abel, for Cain slew him. 26. And to Seth also to him a son was born, and he named him Enosh; then it became common to call by the name of the L*rd.

Chapter 5

1. This is the narrative of the generations of man; on the day that G*d created man, in the likeness of G*d He created him. 2. Male and female He created them, and He blessed them, and He named them man (Adam) on the day they were created. 3. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and he begot in his likeness after his image, and he named him Seth. 4. And the days of Adam after he begot Seth were eight hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 5. And all the days of Adam that he lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. 6. And Seth lived one hundred and five years, and he begot Enosh. 7. And Seth lived after he had begotten Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and he begot sons and daughters. 8. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died. 9. And Enosh lived ninety years, and he begot Kenan. 10. And Enosh lived after he had begotten Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and he begot sons and daughters. 11. And all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years, and he died. 12. And Kenan lived seventy years, and he begot Mahalalel. 13. And Kenan lived after he had begotten Mahalalel eight hundred and forty years, and he begot sons and daughters. 14. And all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died. 15. And Mahalalel lived sixty five years, and he begot Jared. 16. And Mahalalel lived after he had begotten Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and he begot sons and daughters. 17. And all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred and ninety five years, and he died. 18. And Jared lived a hundred and sixty two years, and he begot Enoch. 19. And Jared lived after he had begotten Enoch eight hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 20. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty two years, and he died. 21. And Enoch lived sixty five years, and he begot Methuselah. 22. And Enoch walked with G*d after he had begotten Methuselah, three hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. 23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty five years. 24. And Enoch walked with G*d, and he was no longer, for G*d had taken him.

7th Portion

Chapter 5

25. And Methuselah lived a hundred and eighty seven years, and he begot Lamech. 26. And Methuselah lived after he had begotten Lamech, seven hundred and eighty two years, and he begot sons and daughters. 27. And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty nine years, and he died. 28. And Lamech lived a hundred and eighty two years, and he begot a son. 29. And he named him Noah, saying, “This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands from the ground, which the L*rd has cursed.” 30. And Lamech lived after he had begotten Noah, five hundred and ninety five years, and he begot sons and daughters. 31. And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy seven years, and he died. 32. And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Chapter 6

1. And it came to pass when man commenced to multiply upon the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them. 2. That the sons of the nobles saw the daughters of man when they were beautifying themselves, and they took for themselves wives from whomever they chose. 3. And the L*rd said, “Let My spirit not quarrel forever concerning man, because he is also flesh, and 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 nobles would come to the daughters of man, and they would bear for them; they are the mighty men, who were of old, the men of renown. 5. And the L*rd saw that the evil of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of his heart was only evil all the time. 6. And the L*rd regretted that He had made man upon the earth, and He became grieved in His heart. 7. And the L*rd said, “I will blot out man, whom I created, from upon the face of the earth, from man to cattle to creeping thing, to the fowl of the heavens, for I regret that I made them.” 8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the L*rd.

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Haftorah In a Nutshell for Bereishit

Isaiah 42:5-21.

The haftorah of this week’s reading opens with a statement by “the Almighty G*d, 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.

G‑d 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 G*d on that day. G*d 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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Haftorah reading for Bereishit

Isaiah 42:5-21.

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5. So said G*d the L*rd, the Creator of the heavens and the One Who stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and what springs forth from it, Who gave a soul to the people upon it and a spirit to those who walk thereon. 6. I am the L*rd; I called you with righteousness and I will strengthen your hand; and I formed you, and I made you for a people’s covenant, for a light to nations. 7. To open blind eyes, to bring prisoners out of a dungeon, those who sit in darkness out of a prison. 8. I am the L*rd, that is My Name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to the graven images. 9. The former things, behold they have come to pass, and the new things I tell; before they sprout I will let you hear. 10. Sing to the L*rd a new song, His praise from the end of the earth, those who go down to the sea and those therein, the islands and their inhabitants. 11. The desert and its cities shall raise [their voice]; Kedar shall be inhabited with villages; the rock dwellers shall exult, from the mountain peaks they shall shout. 12. They shall give glory to the L*rd, and they shall recite His praise on the islands. 13. The L*rd shall go out like a hero; like a warrior shall He arouse zeal; He shall shout, He shall even cry, He shall overpower His foes. 14. I was silent from time immemorial; I am still, I restrain Myself. Like a travailing woman will I cry; I will be terrified and destroy them together. 15. I will destroy mountains and hills, and all their grass I will dry out, and I will make rivers into islands and I will dry up the pools.
16. And I will lead the blind on a road they did not know; in paths they did not know I will lead them; I will make darkness into light before them, and crooked paths into straight ones. These things, I will do them and I will not forsake them. 17. They shall turn back greatly ashamed, those who trust in the graven image, who say to the molten idols, “You are our gods.” 18. You deaf ones, listen, and you blind ones, look to see. 19. Who is blind but My servant, and deaf as My messenger whom I will send? He who was blind is as the one who received his payment, and he who was blind is as the servant of the L*rd. 20. There is much to see but you do not observe, to open the ears but no one listens. 21. The L*rd desires [this] for His righteousness’ sake; He magnifies the Torah and strengthens it.