Condolences to Chezi Michaeli on the loss of his mother.    Mazeltov to Caryn daughter of Jeff and the Late Charmaine Lipshitz on the occasion of her engagement to Mark son of Herbert and Vivienne Hamburger.    Mazeltov to Matin and Kaili Croock on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Denis and Roz Basserabie and Howard and Bev Croock.    Condolence on the passing of Ilana Tockar daughter of Dorothy Milner.     Condolences on the passing of Aida Mandelstam mother of Arlene Wainer     Mazeltov to Raymond and Aviva Hack on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Gary and Tammy Brower.

Parashat Bereishit: A Summary

Parashat Bereishit: A Summary

The Five Books of Moses begins 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 God created man in His own Image.” Since God does not have a physical being, this means that we are endowed with free-will, morality, reason, and the ability to emulate God Who bestows kindness. Also, if we really appreciate that we are created in the image of God, we realize that we have intrinsic worth. Therefore, there is no need to be depressed wondering if you have intrinsic worth!