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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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Judy October 30, 2017

G-d created water for us after our planet cooled down, gave us a Moon (to create our seasons); placed our planet on the right orbit (or distance) from our sun..so that our planet wasn’t too close to our sun...or too far away from our sun (too cold)
So that our planet could have an atmosphere and conditions that could support a wonderful array of plants, insects, humans, animal species...and He did this because He could and He loves us.
And this evolved a wonderful variety of cultures, traditions, peoples on this planet that we (His creation) should treasure and respect and love.
G-d’s love created all of it .. water and all. Love is of G-d. Hate is not of G-d Reply

Gevara brikha Assyria June 26, 2017

when did G-D create water? Reply

Malkie Janowski for Chabad.org May 24, 2017

G-d doesn't need to rest in the traditional sense, and in fact, He was constantly recreating the entire universe and everything in it all Shabbat, and every Shabbat since. What G-d did was introduce a new concept to the world, the concept of rest. For us, this means taking a step back each week from our mundane pursuits, remembering that it is G-d who runs the world, and we can refrain from work because He has it all under control. Reply

Anonymous May 25, 2017
in response to Malkie Janowski:

Agree Reply

Judy October 29, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

I agree totally! Reply

Anonymous April 30, 2017

Why does God need to "rest", isn't he all powerful God with no human characteristics? Reply

Judy June 1, 2017
in response to Anonymous :

To rest and meditate in His creation and presence. Reply

Judy October 29, 2017
in response to Anonymous :

Re “Human characteristics”. Doesn’t G-d say (in Genesis) “Let us create man in our image”?
G-d did this so we (you and me) as humans would freely accept His love for us or reject Him. He didn’t need more angels. ..and because there was war in heaven..where some “angels” fought for “power” to be G-d?
So does our HeavenlyFather want us as humans to willingly love and accept Him?
..Sorry..I’m sure there’s someone smarter than me who can say this better Reply

isabella March 11, 2017

That still doesn't answer my question but there is one more thing how was he created? Reply

Anonymous Cali April 3, 2017
in response to isabella:

Where did God come from? When human finite thinking in conjunction with the boundaries of time try to grasp the spiritual realm of timelessness where God has always been ( He is the vortex and center of all spiritual and natural realms) then we try through our mental processes try to fit God into what we know as what the beginning, the present and the future. On the creation side of God's spiritual realm we have to know where did God come from? When we enter into the spiritual realm without our natural bound prejudices we can then see that God has always been- no beginning and no end. Creation is finite. The Creator infinite. Reply

Andrew April 18, 2017
in response to isabella:

He was always there. Reply

Judy Martinsburg WV May 24, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

I agree. We humans define our understanding of "time" as a beginning, middle, and end which is measured by some by our planet revolving around our star (our sun).
Or...in light years..the distance light travels in a "year"
We have millions of galaxies..which had a beginning, a presence, and a future ..but how can we explain that in a time frame as we understand it?
How can we put God as we understand him only in our time frame as we humans on this planet understand/define it?
I don't. Reply

Anonymous October 16, 2017
in response to Judy:

Time is a boundry as someone said to keep everything from happening at once. Time can be a restriction to one's life, because we can not get time back, nor can we change what time is as far as it is a certain dimension that can not be altered. G-d does not have restrictions or boundaries. We read about Ezekiel's revelation that G-d is a wheel within a wheel. He can enter any part of time in this natural realm. It's like spokes on a bicycle wheel. He's the hub or center of all that is. He only can master or alter time if He would chose to. As Joshua discovered when G-d supernaturally suspended rotation of the earth so Joshua had daylight until he defeated the enemies of Israel. In 2 Kings 20:11 G-d had turned time backwards on the sundial. He is the Lord of time. He also has certain timings specifically for Israel called moeds or timings of G-d. Not only feast days, but also timings of major events such as Israel's rebirth and Jerusalem as the future seat of government. Reply

Judy October 30, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Than can we define that as “earth” time? And not “galactic” or “universal” time? .. which might be “unique” or “different” from our own?..given the variety of composition, size, and distance. And when we sent astronauts into space, didn’t we find that time changed? Reply

Anonymous February 1, 2017

No,he didn't need a lamp he's god.
And lamps were created by people. Reply

Rob Kleban Arizona October 3, 2016

Talmud passage I have heard that there is a passage in the Talmud to the effect that the world is created anew everyday: "Osay b’chol yom tamid ma’ase bereshit?" Can anyone tell me the accurate Hebrew, the accurate English translation, and the exact Talmud citation for the passage? I've been contemplating this during Rosh Hashana. Thanks! Reply

Simcha Bart for Chabad.org August 30, 2016

Though the Psalm says that a thousand years in G-d's eyes are as a passing day, yet in the verses of Creation we are dealing with actual days in our world. This can be seen from the references to evening and morning and calling the light day and darkness night. There would also be no observance of the Sabbath as the seventh day of the week if G-d only rested on the seventh millennium/epoch/age etc. - see here about this. This is the only earth that was created, the other "ages" are spiritual realms of existence which preceded the creation of this world - see here about this.

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Judy Kearneysville June 1, 2017
in response to Simcha Bart for Chabad.org :

But how long did "day" last before "night" came ..how fast (or slow) was our planet spinning or the distance from our own sun..come on ...I (or we) don't have to understand Or..can understand.. everything about God. Reply

Candid October 14, 2017
in response to Judy:

The word of God makes it clear that the earth is stable and moves not. Sabbath was/is the day to commune with God and not worry about the other six days. Relax and enjoy our creator drawing close to him. Enjoy nature with family and put God first and only on this holy day. It's not about rest like sleep..... Reply

Judy November 2, 2017
in response to Candid:

I talk toG-d first thing on waking and ask for His blessing and guidance during my day.
I talk with Him before sleeping to thank Him and talk about my day.
Therefore,Is every day my “Sabbath”? Reply

Judy Clouse Kearneysville August 27, 2016

How old is this earth? Is a day as a thousand years to G-d?
And, was there another earth age before this one? Are we in the 2nd earth age? Reply

Anonymous May 29, 2016

A lot of you on here are asking questions with little true answers that can be given.

A place to start seeking answers to the questions you're asking are to be found within archeological discoveries which are authentic and exist, yet are not spoken of.
Some of these archeological discoveries really suggest we have been on this planet for 25 million years and other such notions.
What does that have to do with God? Well, it would benefit greatly to step back in your mind from all the information you've been told and try to see things differently and it may help provide you the answers you're looking for.

Fibonacci, sound and geometry are all things worth investigating for those seeking understanding.

It won't hurt any of you to just look into what I've mentioned, just a couple of hours of your time.
Note, try to not get so involved with time nor it's specifics, it can be a slippery slope and cause your mind to drift. Instead, look at the information or story.

Kindness is free Reply

Joel Las Vegas via chabadsaugustine.com March 15, 2016

Peter Consider the natural disasters you mentioned as G-D's punishment. They are there for a reason. Reply

Peter Mitchell Salford March 11, 2016

Yes they say G-D created the dinosaurs like everything else including colliding oceanic plates which result in earthquakes killing hundreds of thousands of men,women and children without warning also volcanoes and deadly infectious diseases. Is G-D really proud of these achievements? or are all of these naturally occurring events like life itself? Reply

Simcha Bart for Chabad.org March 9, 2016

Re: First Creation Light Sagi, if I understand your question correctly, I would say that the creation of light, i.e. the measure of day and night - and the first day - were simultaneous. Or to put it differently, time was created when all existence came into being. Please see as well The First Creation and What Is Time? about time and its relation to Creation. Reply

Joel Las Vegas via chabadsaugustine.com March 9, 2016

Dinasaurs The same devine being that created everthing else - G-d. Reply

Anonymous March 8, 2016

? Who made the dinosaurs? Reply

Anonymous Hampshire January 27, 2016

On the first day God said let there be light. On the forth day he made the sun , stars and moon. How was there light when the sun was made after. Did he use a lamp? Reply

Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org January 25, 2016

Re: Creation in 6 days For the original hebrew bible online see The Complete Jewish Bible

As for the Satan, in judaism the satan is merely the name of a certain angel whose divinely assigned task is to try and seduce people to stumble. This angel is also the prosecutor who levels charges in front of the heavenly court about those who succumb to his crafty seductions. The word Satan actually means prosecutor in Hebrew. If the Heavenly court decides that it is time for someone to die, then the Satan is the one sent down to take his life. In fact, the Talmud tells us that "Satan, the evil prompter, and the Angel of Death are all one", these all being one angel's various job descriptions. An angel fulfilling its divine duty is hardly in conflict with its own Creator. Reply

Joel Johnson St. Augustine via chabadsaugustine.com January 18, 2016

Creation in 6 days G-d did not create the world in 6 days. A careful reading shows that the heavens (plural) and the earth were created "In The Beginning". (Gen 1:1) No answer is given for when this "Beginning" occured.
Gen 1:2 should read "But The Earth Became", not "And The Earth Was". This is a mistranslation.
The bottom line is the heavens and the earth were created in perfection "In The Beginning" and the following 6 days are are "Re-Structuring" of the earth that was already created in Gen 1:1. Between verses Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2 is a mystery that the earth was destroyed before the 6 days of Genesis, but you won't find the details in Genesis. The details are spread out throughout other sections of the bible. If you have a hard time believing this, then ask yourself the question. "When Did Satan Fall"? He was already in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3) so he had to fall before then. When was that? Answer = betwen Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:2. Reply

Menachem Posner January 15, 2016

To Anonymous from Jan. 11 Christians have indeed adopted (more or less) the Jewish, Biblical, tradition that G-d created the entire world in six days. Reply

Anonymous January 11, 2016

Jews and Christians So Jews believe in the same creation ideas as Christians in that God created Life and Nature in the same time? Reply

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