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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Breishit

The Mishkan and the Garden of Eden — Is There Any Way Back?

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. FoxPosted on July 6, 2017

Origins and Beginnings: Genesis, Law and the Redemptive Imagination

by Rabbi Dr. Tsvi BlanchardPosted on November 29, 2016

Did Hevel Have A Sense of Humor?

by Rabbi Aryeh KlapperPosted on November 29, 2016

Of Floods and Fertility: Bereishit 1-11 in Its Ancient Near Eastern Context

by Dr. Shalom HoltzPosted on November 1, 2016

Who Wants to Hear a Story?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on October 31, 2016

  “Why,” asks Rashi, in his first comment on the Torah, “did the Torah not start with the verse, ‘This month is for you the first of months,’ (Shemot 12:2), the first mitzvah in the Torah given to the children of Israel?” If the purpose of the Torah is to tell us the mitzvot and Continue Reading »

Rambam and Radak on the Creation Narrative

by Rabbi Dr. Yitzhak BergerPosted on October 26, 2016

Va-Yaavek Ish Imo: The Tension Between Activism and Appeasement in Genesis 32

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on October 26, 2016

Another Look at the Kayin and Hevel Narrative (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan GrossmanPosted on October 21, 2016

The Evolution of Sin: Bereishit 1-11

by Rabbi Yitzchak EtshalomPosted on October 20, 2016

Each of Us Has A Godly Spark

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

While some maintain that the human being is only physical form, the Torah, in one of its most important sentences, insists that every person is also created in the image of God – tzelem Elokim (Genesis 1:26,27). On the surface we see each others’ outward appearance, but if we look deeply, we ought to be Continue Reading »

Breishit: A Story of Growing Up

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on October 8, 2015

When the world was freshly minted and created, we heard the refrain with each act of creation, “And God saw that it was good,” and that the world as a whole was “exceedingly good.” Then, humans came and made a mess of everything, and a different refrain is heard: And God saw “massive was the evil of Continue Reading »

How Humankind Became Adults: The Challenges of Knowing Good and Evil

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on October 28, 2011

It is just a few hundred years since the world has been created, and everything has gone to pot. When the world was freshly minted and created, we heard the refrain with each act of creation, “And God saw that it was good,” and that the world as a whole was “exceedingly good.” Now, humans Continue Reading »