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
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.