Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)
1:1 What was the first commandment directed at the entire Jewish nation?
Why doesn’t the Torah begin with it?
1:4 Why did G-d separate the light from the darkness?
What kind of light was it?
1:5 Why does the verse end with “one day” instead of “first day”?
What was created on the first day?
How long was each day?
1:8 Why doesn’t it say “that it was good” on the second day?
What are some Hebrew words that “shamayim” is a contraction of?
1:10 Why is “seas” in the plural?
1:10, 1:12 Why does it say “that it was good” in each of these verses?
1:14 What festivals is this verse referring to?
1:17 Why were the stars created?
1:21 Why does the verse state “the sea giants” instead of “sea giants”?
What happened to them?
1:22 Why does it say “and multiply”?
1:26 Why did G-d consult the angels?
What does this verse teach us about proper conduct?
What two meanings does the Hebrew word “vayirdu” have?
How are they relevant in this verse?
1:27 What was different about how man was created as opposed to the other elements of the universe?
How was a female created if Eve wasn’t created then?
Why doesn’t it say “it was good” after man was created?
1:28 What doe we learn from the Hebrew for “and subdue it”?
1:29 What does this verse teach us?
1:31 Why does the verse say “the sixth day” instead of “a sixth day”?
2:3 How did G-d sanctify it?
What does “which G-d created to do” imply?
When was it done?
2:4 What does this verse teach us?
2:5 Why hadn’t G-d sent rain?
What does the Hebrew Tetragrammaton mean?
2:7 What is the difference in the forming of man in this verse and the forming of animals in 2:19?
What soil was man formed from?
2:15 How did “He take him”?
2:18 Why wasn’t it good for man to be alone?
Why did G-d wait to create a helper until verse 2:21?
2:23 What does “this time” teach us?
What do we learn from the name “woman”?
3:1 What does this verse teach us?
3:7 What does “they realized they were naked” refer to?
Why does the Torah not mention the species of tree it was?
Which type of tree was it?
3:9 Why did G-d ask where he was?
3:14 What does this verse teach us?
What is the real curse of the serpent?
3:16 What does “your suffering” refer to?
4:1 When did Eve become pregnant and when was Cain born?
What does “I have acquired a man with G-d” mean?
4:2 What does “and she added” refer to?
4:4 What does “and G-d turned to Abel” mean?
4:7 What does “at the entrance, sin crouches” mean?
What does this verse teach us about the “yetzer hara”?
4:10 Why does the Torah us the plural “bloods”?
4:15 What does “and G-d placed” mean?
4:16 What does the Eastern direction teach us?
What cities were a result of this?
4:19 What do we learn from this verse?
4:22 Who was Naamah?
5:32 Why is Shem mentioned first?