The First 7 days
A very long time ago there was no heaven, earth, darkness or light. HaShem said,
"Let there be light," and it was light. HaShem called the darkness night
and the light day. That was the first day. On the second day HaShem said,
"let there be sky" and there was sky. On the third day HaShem created
the dry land, which he called earth and the waters that he called seas. There were
grass and trees and plants of all kinds on the land. On the fourth day HaShem added
to the sky the sun and the stars so that there would always be some light. On the
fifth day HaShem created the fish in the waters and the birds for the sky. On the
sixth day HaShem created the animals and then he created man. By the seventh
day HaShem was tired and rested, he blessed the seventh day and made it a
day that all living things should rest. This was the first
- First of 54 Sedras in the Torah
- Written on 241 lines in the Sefer Torah
- 22 Parshiyot; 10 open, 12 closed
- 146 P'sukim (verses)
- 1,931 words
- 7,235 letters
One Positive mitzva
The First 7 days
The Garden of Eden had all kinds of wonderful trees that HaShem had created.
HaShem made two other trees there, one was the Tree of Life and the other was
the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. When HaShem told Adam that he
could eat from any tree except from the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil
or Adam would surely die.
Even with all of the animals and beauty that was around him, Adam was lonely. So,
while he slept HaShem took one of his ribs and made woman. HaShem called her Eve.
In the garden there was a serpent that was very evil. He asked Eve,
"Did HaShem forbid you to eat the fruit of the trees in the garden?"
"No," Eve answered,"we can eat from any tree except from that one. If we do we will die."
The Serpent answered, "No, you won't die." Eve was tempted and ate the fruit and gave some
to Adam to eat. Then they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves because they knew now that they
were naked. HaShem called to Adam, "Where are you?" Adam hid from HaShem because he was ashamed.
HaShem asked Adam if he had eaten from the Tree that HaShem had told him not to eat from. Adam
said "Eve gave it to me." HaShem said to Eve, "What is this you have done?" Eve answered HaShem
saying, "The serpent tempted me." HaShem was angry with the serpent and placed a curse on him.
He told Eve that women would have trouble with their children. HaShem told Adam that he would have
to work the soil for his food. HaShem drove Adam and Eve from the garden to a land to the east of the garden.
There are two connections between the Torah portion and the Haftarah.
This week's Parsha begins with the creation of the universe. In the
Haftarah the Prophet Isaiah reminds the people of Israel that HaShem is
there, still creating. Creation is an ongoing thing, a miracle that is
constantly going on.
Second, in the Torah portion we learn that we are given a choice
between right and wrong. In the Haftarah, Isaiah says that Israel
should be "a light for all the nations", it is our responsibility to
show others right from wrong.