Bereshit

The Bible begins of course with the book of Genesis, the name of which in Hebrew is taken from the first word, 'bereshit' meaning 'in the beginning', which is also the name of the first Torah portion: Torah: GenesisĀ 1:1-6:8 The first six chapters of Genesis are so familiar - the stories of creation, the Fall … Continue reading Bereshit

New Cycle, New Year

The Jewish year ends and begins again with the festival of Simchat Torah - rejoicing in the Torah, which took place at the beginning of the week. I didn't manage to get round to posting anything for the High Holidays of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot, as we were moving house. But a new … Continue reading New Cycle, New Year