Genesis

A Traditional Analysis

The traditional Jewish perspective on Sefer Breishis, the Book of Genesis, is the product of the 3300-year love affair between the Jews and their God. When God gave His Torah to His people, He commanded them "to study it day and night." The Sages added, "Turn it over, and turn it over again, for everything is within it."

Have these commentaries nothing to say in our time? Should we pass over them quickly, in order to create "new midrash" that may not be faithful to the original Hebrew text? Obviously not. And that is why we have created these pages, to offer a traditional analysis of the subjects discussed on Genesis: A Living Conversation, which recently appeared on PBS.

It is our intention here to provide only a taste of what is available from traditional sources. We hope you will find the sample interesting, and thirst for more.

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