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Creation of the World

Creation of the World


The Creation

The word of G-d brought everything into being: heaven and earth, mountains and rivers, and every living thing. In the beginning, G-d called into existence the heaven and earth. Within six days He shaped a world of order and beauty.

The First Day

On the first day, G-d said, “Let there be Light” -- and there was Light.

The Second Day

On the second day G-d made the sky, and called it Heaven.

The Third Day

On the third day, G-d put the earth into good shape. At His command the waters of the earth gathered together at certain places. The waters formed seas and oceans, lakes and rivers, so that in other parts, the dry land became visible.

At G-d’s further command, the earth was made to produce all kinds of plants, grass, and trees, shrubs and flowers. Each contained its own seed for further growth and reproduction.

The Fourth Day

On the fourth day, G-d made the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, to shed light upon the earth. And so He set a time for day and a time for night, a time for the week, the month, and the year, and a time for each of the four seasons.

The Fifth Day

On the fifth day, G-d filled the seas with fishes and other water animals. In to the air above the earth He put many birds of all kinds and colors and sizes.

The Sixth Day

On the sixth day, were created all the other animals, large and small, those that walk and those that creep or crawl on the earth. And towards the end of the sixth day, G-d put a divine soul into a body which He made of earth and clay. This was the human.

To the human G-d granted high mental ability that one could think and reach one’s own conclusions. G-d also gave the human the power of speech and He made humans superior to all other creatures of the earth.

G-d placed all the creatures of the earth and the powers of nature in the control of the human.

The Seventh Day

By the seventh day, everything was created and put into shape and order. And G-d rested on the seventh day and He glorified it as a day of rest. Therefore we should work for six days and rest on the Seventh day, Shabbat, which G-d blessed and sanctified for all time to come. By observing the Shabbat day, we show that we believe in G-d as the Creator of the world.

From Our People by Jacob Isaacs published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society 1946-1948
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July 31, 2015
RE: prior comment
"As it is generally accepted that God created everything, can someone explain the purpose of the Ebola virus."

That was created in labs as biological warfare, as are other diseases. Over and over in the Old Testament, when people turn from God, disease and other problems came. Read Deuteronomy 28. Still happens today.
July 21, 2015
To Anonymous in Plainsboro
On the 8 Day He prepared the knife for Abraham's briss and lit the last candle of His Chanukah menorah :>)
Shmuel G.
May 5, 2015
8th day?
Just curious, what did G-d do on the 8th day?
April 17, 2015
Re: creation in six day
"For [in] six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it." (Exodus 20:11).
April 15, 2015
G-d never says that he created light on the first day. What he said was "be light", or "let light be". And what he is describing is not a light bearer as the sun or moon or stars, but light spread out. When you go into a dark room and turn on the switch the room is lit up with light. Even if you are not looking at the light bulb you can see light dispersed. This is what he was talking about. And for you science buffs, science still cannot define where light comes from.
When G-d talks about the sun and moon and stars a different hebrew word is used that means "light bearers" - not to be confused with "light - dispersed" of verse 2.
So in the end these 6 days are a recreation of a world that was previously created
"in the beginning" and tohu and vohu does not mean empty and void. It means astonishling destroyed and empty....or you can say destruction.
I hope that clears some matters up for you.
St Augustine FL
April 15, 2015
Creation in 6 days.
I am shocked to see that no one apparently ever read the first 2 sentences in the Bible. Nowhere does it claim that G-D created the world in 6 days. A careful reading says he created it "In The Beginning". How long ago was that? 6 days? 10 million years? The Bible does not say how long he took to create it.

The 6 days you are concerning yourself with is a re-creation of a world already created. A careful reading in Hebrew of the 2nd verse will reveal that the hebrew word for "was" can also be translated "became" and most of the time this word is translated "became". One example would be lots wife. She "became" a pillar of salt. Same hebrew word as in sentence number 2.
St Augustine, FL
March 18, 2015
Can you tell me why they used G-d instead of GOD?
March 15, 2015
In what day of creation was the internet created?
November 20, 2014
While it is generally accepted that God created everything, it is not necessarily expected that we comprehend everything that He did. Regarding certain things we were granted the ability to understand and appreciate their value, whereas regarding others we were not, and we can only trust that some purpose indeed exists for them. As the famous adage goes, "Were we to comprehend God we would be God".
Shaul Wolf
November 16, 2014
As it is generally accepted that God created everything, can someone explain the purpose of the Ebola virus.
Peter Mitchell
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