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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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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
November 17, 2013
In response to "The creation."
There are certain facts/philosophies that are incomprehensible to humans. It's knowledge that, for whatever reason, Hashem wished to withhold from us. Judaism is not a religion based upon blind faith -on the contrary, it is inherent to our nature as a nation to ask questions, in order to learn. These questions, such as the magma that you mentioned and the general "instability" of our universe, are components of life that humanity doesn't have an answer for. Each nation can make its own inferences, but at the end of it all, no one is going to spell out an accurate, concrete fact that pertains to that topic.
Anonymous
California
October 8, 2013
I'm referring to Peter Mitchell. My brother I'm sorry to say these things will happened until we change our way of doing things. We really are not following God rules that is why. We have to admit our sins first and pray after.
Ncedile Radoni
July 8, 2013
Age of the Earth
Thank you Rabbi Brownstein for bringing foundations and clarity to this discussion.

Mr. Reuven I would remind you that the text deals with the known understanding of the World as we know it. To try to date the Earth with theories based on theories makes your assumptions just as flawed as what your saying is flawed.

The Torah never dates the Earth, it only explains what has happened, you either chose to believe or not.

For me I choose to practice 'Emunah", and because of this my heart will forever be at peace with what the Torah proclaims happened.
Tim
Chilliwack
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