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?                         

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