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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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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?
Anonymous
Hampshire
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.
Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org
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.
Joel Johnson
St. Augustine
chabadsaugustine.com
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.
Menachem Posner
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?
Anonymous
November 16, 2015
Sorr, but the four dimensions (in our world) are heigth, weight, length, and time. Matter would not be one of the four, but rather a part of it. Also those four dimensions are only for our world that we as humans live in. There are, however, at least 10 dimensions of which 6 we cannot comprehend. Also, he did not create light on the first day. It was already created along with the heavens and the earth. Verse 2 begins a remaking of the earth that was destroyed between verse 1 and two.
Joel Johnson
St Augustine, FL
chabadsaugustine.com
November 11, 2015
Replying to Cheryl of Texas regarding the Ebola virus. You are clutching at straws to validate your faith by saying the Ebola virus was created in labs. This is absolute nonsense like other diseases such as Diphtheria, Polio, Meningitis all for what reason created by your God. As for the earth in general who in their right mind would build continents floating on liquid magma which would collide with each other creating earthquakes, volcanoes the result of which millions of innocent men, women and children would lose their lives with no warning.
Peter Mitchell
Salford
November 6, 2015
Science and Genesis 1:1
In the 1st verse of the Torah G-d defines the parameters of our physical reality. A three dimensional universe consisting of time, space and matter.
Where Begining = time (past,present,future). Heavens = space (breadth,depth,width), and Earth = matter (gas,liquid,solid).
Chad
SA
October 12, 2015
first verse koshi
How is this explaining the difficulty in the first verse of the torah ?
The problem is that it says " בראשית ברא אלוקים את השמיים ואת הארץ
So it means this must be in the first day. or before the concept of days.
So why is the first thing that was created in the first day is the light ?
sagi
The Hague
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.
Cheryl
Texas