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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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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
July 2, 2013
To Reuven (Chicago):
While agreeing with most of what you are saying, I do not see how it negates anything I have said. I did not argue that scientists should necessarily interpret their data using the Torah. However, claiming that certain people's interpretation of data is fact, i.e. "the way it actually was," is a claim that science itself does not make. Saying that the Torah was created by men is an article of faith, not an empirical fact. Neither you nor I can prove the provenance of the Torah one way or the other, and so cannot debate it based on scientific theory. The question that I addressed was, if we accept that the Torah is of Divine origin, how can it square with the scientific narrative? I did point out that the Torah's version of creation was not identical with the "science of its time," since it was widely thought the world had always existed. Please also see How do we know that we heard G-d at Sinai?
Rabbi Shmary Brownstein
Chabad.org
June 25, 2013
How Old is the Earth
I'm sorry, Rabbi Brownstein, we have overwhelming concrete evidence (including the light from stars billions of light-years distant) that the scientific description of the universe is more accurate than anyone who propounds an Earth and universe only 6,000 years old. Scientists (many of the Jewish) do not approach their inquiry in order to make their results fit a priori notions about what they will find. The very atomic processes that make computers possible are applicable and present in scientific discovery of cosmology and evolutionary biology. Every time you turn on your computer you tacitly accept science and deny mythology. Only one looking at the universe through the distorted glasses of prior belief in mythological scriptures will conclude that our universe is so young and that man appeared in an inistant instead of evolving. DNA, present in all but the simplest life forms, is like God's fingerprint. The Torah is a creation of men.
Reuven
Chicago
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