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Creation of the World

Creation of the World

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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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November 20, 2014
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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
Chabad.org
November 16, 2014
As it is generally accepted that God created everything, can someone explain the purpose of the Ebola virus.
Peter Mitchell
Salford
November 15, 2014
This is not what every Jewish child learns.

In Hebrew school we learned that the creation story was passed down by our ancestors, UNTIL they learned more about science.

We honor the ideas of our ancestors. But we explore further.

The search for truth is the essence of Judaism.
brynakahan
huntingdon valley
June 26, 2014
Good
Ernesto
May 28, 2014
So science proved the "Big Bang", indicating there WAS indeed a beginning. Sadly for some, it also scientifically indicates Genesis 1:1 has been right all along.
GNobody
USA
February 22, 2014
Torah
I would like to purchase the Torah in both Hebrew and English translations. Please get back to me
Anonymous
Australia
January 3, 2014
Well, of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But do you believe in something called truth? Is truth real? Is it pertinent to reality? Or is truth defined by each individual? Which is true: G-d created everything as the Book says or it came out nothingness. Or possibly some other reason we don't understand. I go with the first. As for taking a belief and believing it for all it's worth is not a very scientific method of finding what is true.
Phil Mayer
Alabama
January 1, 2014
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some people believe that G-d created anything and everything. Others believe in the big bang. No one knows how the Earth or the Universe for that matter was created. No one has concrete proof. Believe what you want to believe and don't let anyone's opinion change your beliefs.
Zach Jackson
Harrison, MT
December 10, 2013
Big Bang
What is it that banged?
Phil
Guntersville, AL
December 9, 2013
not true
some people believe that the big bang made the earth.
Anonymous
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