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13 Facts Every Jew Should Know About the Book of Bereishit
Journey through Bereishit with 13 enlightening facts.
The Moment After You Do Something Terrible
How are we supposed to live with ourselves in the aftermath?
The Joy of Getting It Right the Second Time
What happens when someone chooses to sin instead?
Why G-d Banished Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden
Why was G-d so afraid that humans would gain eternal life that He was compelled to throw Adam and Eve out of Gan Eden?
You Broke It, You Fix It: The Roots of Conflict
G‑d gave us a perfect garden, and we ruined it!
Where Are You Is a Very Good Question
“Why” questions are often less of a genuine inquiry into the truth of the matter and more like veiled accusations and criticism.
Cain and Abel: The Story of the First Sibling Rivalry
Aside from an account of their birth, their bringing an offering to G‑d, and Cain’s horrifying murder of Abel, the Torah’s description of their lives is brief and cryptic.
What Is Shabbat Bereishit?
Why is it thus named?
Who Controls the Weather?
What is our responsibility toward the environment? To what lengths must we go to protect open spaces or endangered species? And are we at fault for natural disasters?
Something from Nothing
It is not easy to understand how a world view that leads nowhere and ultimately explains nothing became so rooted in the human psyche
The Heavens and the Earth
"In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth." To discover the mystical light hidden within these words, we will have to re-read them in a new way
The Curse of Eve
A Jewish Perspective on Women in Society
Those who refer to the biblical story of Eve as a Divine endorsement of sexism are overlooking a simple truth: a curse is not something that should to be the way it is -- it's something that should not be the way it is...
If It's to Be It's Up to Me
Being direct descendents from Adam and Eve, some of us may have inherited this tendency to look for others upon whom we can place the blame.
In The Beginning...
Beneath the façade, the Oneness reality has never changed; it has simply receded. We, conscious human beings, can reactivate the Oneness reality. That is our destiny. Our privilege. And our duty.
When Religion Causes Conflict
Apparently, sibling rivalry is as old as siblings themselves. Consider Cain and Abel. You have to wonder how Cain, reared by parents who spoke to G-d Himself, went so extremely off the rails and murdered his own brother!
5770 Years Ago
Really! Have you ever heard of carbon dating? Aren't there stars a millions light years away? Have you ever heard the word "dinosaurs"?
Transmuting Impatience
Parshat Bereishit
Since leaving the Garden of Eden, human impulse is an admixture of both good and evil. Our task is not to squelch the impulse but to mine it, by toning down the “mine” aspect.
An Economics Lesson from Adam and Eve
I'm incredibly grateful that we have food to eat, clothing to wear, and a roof over our heads. Nothing is lacking as I carefully budget, trying to maximize every penny; but I still can't stop worrying and stop the anxiety from creeping into my heart...
The Journey Back
From the serene perfection of the Garden, they had been plunged into the fearful reality of galut (exile) – a world where something was terribly wrong...
Man and Woman
When G-d created Adam, at the moment Adam opened his eyes, what was his psychological profile? He had no Oedipus complex because he had no mother. He didn't have a birth trauma, because he wasn't born. He had no sibling rivalry... What was this man like?
A Twisted Creature
People have become so sophisticated that they no longer believe in or understand anything anymore. Basic words, such as "friend", "enemy", "land" and "life" become totally incomprehensible
Why My Rich Friend is Poor
“Why?” I ask myself. “Why is this woman always a prisoner to the past and to what she lacks?”
Judaism and Progress
An Essay on Bereishit
Genesis is preoccupied with fundamental questions, its narratives brimming with exemplary figures whose actions shape our lives today. Clearly, it would have been impossible to begin the Torah without them.
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