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Creation of the World

Creation of the World


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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March 15, 2016
Consider the natural disasters you mentioned as G-D's punishment. They are there for a reason.
Las Vegas
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?
Peter Mitchell
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.
Simcha Bart for
March 9, 2016
The same devine being that created everthing else - G-d.
Las Vegas
March 8, 2016
Who made the dinosaurs?
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?
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
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
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?