TORAH Portion 1

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B’reisheet | בראשית | “In the beginning “



  • TORAH:

Genesis 1:1-6:8  



Isaiah 42:5-43:10  



John 1:1-18  


Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.


Portion Summary

The scroll of the TORAH is the oldest and most sacred of all Israel’s Scriptures. It contains five books. The Hebrew name for the first one is B’reisheet (בראשית). It is also the first word of the book in the Hebrew text, as well as the name for the first parasha (the first week’s reading). B’reisheet means “in the beginning.”

The English name Genesis comes from the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. Genesis means “origins.” Therefore, the Greek name for the first book of the Bible means “The Book of Origins.”

Genesis describes the origins of everything. It begins with the origins of the universe, focuses on the origins of man and then explores the origins of the nation of Israel.

As we study the first week’s reading from the book of Genesis, we will learn a great deal about YAH (a.k.a ELOHIM), but even more about ourselves. After all, this is the story of our origins. When properly understood, the story of our origin helps us find our destination.

Portion Outline

    • Genesis 1:1 | Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath
    • Genesis 2:4 | Another Account of the Creation
    • Genesis 3:1 | The First Sin and Its Punishment
    • Genesis 4:1 | Cain Murders Abel
    • Genesis 4:17 | Beginnings of Civilization
    • Genesis 5:1 | Adam’s Descendants to Noah and His Sons
    • Genesis 6:1 | The Wickedness of Humankind
    • Genesis 6:9 | Noah Pleases God


    • Isaiah 42:1 | The Servant, a Light to the Nations
    • Isaiah 42:10 | A Hymn of Praise
    • Isaiah 42:21 | Israel’s Disobedience
    • Isaiah 43:1 | Restoration and Protection Promised






MASHIACH/MESSIAH is a second Adam, but unlike the first Adam, HE did not transgress. If the first Adam’s sin was sufficient to merit death for all mankind, the righteousness of MASHIACH—the last Adam—is sufficient to merit life for all of us: “For as in Adam all die, so also in MASHIACH all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). This is the hope of eternal life through the resurrection of the dead. Resurrection reverses Adam’s bane.


Colossians 1:15-17 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Ben-ELOHIM Is Supreme

15 HE is the image of the invisible GOD,
    the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by HIM all things were created—
    in heaven and on earth,
    the seen and the unseen,
    whether thrones or angelic powers
    or rulers or authorities.
All was created through HIM and for HIM.
17 HE exists before everything,
    and in HIM all holds together.


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