Parashat Bereshit / פָּרָשַׁת בְּרֵאשִׁית
Parashat Bereshit is the 1st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
Torah Portion: Genesis 1:1-6:8
In Parashat Bereshit, God creates the heavens, the world, Adam and Eve, and Sabbath. A serpent convinces Eve, who then invites Adam, to eat the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden to them. So God curses them and expels them from the Garden of Eden. One of their sons, Cain, becomes the first murderer, killing his brother Abel out of jealousy. Adam and Eve have other children, whose descendants populate the Earth. Each generation becomes more and more degenerate until God, despairing, decides to destroy humanity. Only one man, Noah, finds God's favor. 
See Diaspora reading
Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 42:5-43:10 · 31 p’sukim
Haftarah for Sephardim: Isaiah 42:5-21 · 17 p’sukim
Weekday for Shabbat afternoon, Monday & Thursday
Commentary and Divrei Torah
List of DatesParashat Bereshit is read in Israel on:
- The Chumash: The Stone Edition (Artscroll Series) (paid link)
- Nosson Scherman, Mesorah Publications, 1993
- "Bereshit (parashah) from Wikipedia" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
- Wikimedia Foundation Inc.