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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Breishit

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What Will You Create?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on September 30, 2021

The Torah opens with God creating the world during the Six Days of Creation. Then follows Shabbat: va’yakhulu haShamayim, “And the Heavens and Earth, and all their hosts were completed.” Every Friday night, we open kiddush by reciting this verse and the verses that follow.…

The Creation of the World and the Status of the Human Being (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on July 20, 2020

Androgynous Myth The Creation of Adam and Eve in Peshat and the Midrashic Tradition

by Rabbi Tzvi Sinensky
Posted on July 19, 2020

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

by Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox
Posted on July 6, 2017

Origins and Beginnings: Genesis, Law and the Redemptive Imagination

by Rabbi Dr. Tsvi Blanchard
Posted on November 29, 2016

Did Hevel Have A Sense of Humor?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on November 29, 2016

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

by Dr. Shalom Holtz
Posted on November 1, 2016

Who Wants to Hear a Story?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted 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?”…

Rambam and Radak on the Creation Narrative

by Rabbi Dr. Yitzhak Berger
Posted on October 26, 2016

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

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on October 26, 2016

Another Look at the Kayin and Hevel Narrative (Hebrew)

by Dr. Yonatan Grossman
Posted on October 21, 2016

The Evolution of Sin: Bereishit 1-11

by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Posted on October 20, 2016