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The Chumash – Genesis 1

The Beginning: First Day

1. In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth — 2. when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the water — 3. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4. God saw that the light was good, and God separated between the light and the darkness. 5. God called to the light: “Day,” and to the darkness He called:”Night.” And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Hebrew day starts at sunset and ends at sunset.

The Torah is not history book, but the charter of Man’s mission in the universe.

We still don not understand the secret or even the process of Creation. … the work of Creation is a deep mystery.

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Second Day

The “firmament” and the “upper and lower waters” are among the mysteries of Creation that are either unknowable to Man or must be limited to those qualified to know them.

Third Day: Earth, Seas, vegetation (earth — to desire i.e., it desired to do God’s will. God began by creating one rock; and it rushed to expand, in order to fulfill HIs Desire. )

Fourth Day: luminaries

Fifth Day: living creatures in the waters and in the heavens

Sixth Day: earth creatures; Man

26. And God said, “Let us (多数) make Man in Our image, after Our likeness. They shall rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and over the animal, the whole earth, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27. So God created Man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

27. Among all living creatures, Man alone is endowed — like his Creator — with morality, reason and free will. He can know and love God and can hold spiritual communion (精神的交流) with Him; and Man alone can guide his actions through reason. It is in this sense that the Torah describes Man as having been created in God’s image and likeness.

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