Welcome to Torah portion Beresheet

Beresheet means In the beginning.

Scripture passage: Genesis 1:1-6:8


Read Aloud from My First Torah

In the beginning, Elohim made the heavens and the earth.

He made everything by just speaking.

He made everything in six days.

On day one, He made light and dark.

On day two, He made the air and the water.

On day three, He made dirt and rocks. He made plants and trees.

On day four, He made the sun, moon, and stars.

They tell us when the new month starts. They tell us when to celebrate the feasts.

On day five, He made fish and birds.

On day six, Elohim made animals and bugs. He also made a man.

People are special to Elohim.

He blessed them and told them to fill the earth with more people.

On day seven, Elohim rested.

That was the first Shabbat.

We keep Shabbat every week, just like Elohim.

Elohim planted a beautiful garden.

He planted trees for food. He called one the tree of life.

Another was called the tree of knowledge of good and bad. That tree was not for food.

Elohim called the first man Adam.

Adam worked hard in the garden and protected it.

Adam gave names to all the animals and birds and bugs.

But Adam was lonely.

So Elohim made him a wife, a special helper. Her name was Eve.

One day a bad serpent got into the garden.

He tricked Eve into eating from the tree of good and bad.

Adam ate from it, too.

Elohim knew that the tree was bad for them, but they did not listen to Him.

He made them leave their beautiful garden.

Adam and Eve now lived outside the garden.

They began to have children.

Their first boy was named Cain. He liked plants.

Their second boy was named Abel. He liked sheep.

They both brought a gift to Elohim.

Elohim liked Abel’s gift of sheep, but He did not like Cain’s gift of plants.

Cain got angry and killed his brother, Abel.

Adam and Eve were happy when Elohim gave them another son.

His name was Seth. Elohim was pleased with Seth.

Seth had children, and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

One of them was named Noah.

Elohim was pleased with Noah.

But many other people did very bad things. This made Elohim very sad.

He decided to destroy all the earth that He had made.

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Suggested Activities

Copywork passage: Genesis 2:1-3

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