We begin again our wonderful and endless adventure in reading, studying, discussing, and interpreting Torah. This week’s portion introduces the reader to the mysteries of creation culminating with the first humans who choose to taste moral knowledge and are banished from Eden.

Genesis 4 opens with Adam and Eve becoming the first biblical parents and within two verses, Cain and Abel are born as each claims an identity through work. There is not a single aspect of any biblical narrative about their family or how Adam and Eve behaved as parents.

We quickly realize that Adam and Eve are absent…

Joseph Edelheit

Rabbi, Emeritus Professor Religious and Jewish Studies Author, lecturer and interfaith-dialogues

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