Condolences on the passing of Miriam Shapiro mother of Annette Stoler    Condolences on the passing of Hymie Gordon husband of Myra Gordon    Mazeltov to Evan son of Gavin and Janine Rubin, and grandson of Mike and Mary Cohen, on the occasion of his engagement to Cassie daughter of Larry and Meliissa Gewer    Mazeltov to Denis and Inez Sandler on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Errol and Tali Sandler    Condolences on the passing of Meryn Greenstein husband of Inez Greenstein, father of Howard, Graeme, Brian and Penny.

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Parashat Bereishit

Parashat Bereishit: A summary

The Five Books of Moses begin with the Six Days of Creation, the Shabbat, the story of the Garden of Eden, the first transgression, consequences and expulsion; Cain & Abel, the ten generations to Noah, the Almighty sees the wickedness of man in that generation and decrees to “blot out man” (i.e. the flood).

One of the most profound verses in the whole Torah is “And G-d created man in His own Image.” Since G-d does not have a physical being, this means that we are endowed with free will, morality, reason and the ability to emulate G-d who bestows kindness. Also, if we really appreciate that we are created in the image of G-d, we realize that we have intrinsic worth. Therefore, there is no need to be depressed wondering if you have intrinsic worth! (Aish)

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