by Lisa D. Singer
B’reishit: in the beginning...the story of creation.
This parashah is the first portion of the first book of our Torah. In chapter one God creates heaven and earth. God makes light and darkness, day and night; forms the earth and seas; and vegetation. God creates living creatures that inhabit the seas and the sky and the earth. This was all accomplished in six days. On the seventh day God finished the work and declared the seventh day holy.
In chapter two God formed man and called him Adam. Then God planted a garden in Eden with beautiful trees and edible food. Everything was perfect and pure. However, God forbids Adam to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If he does he shall die.