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In the beginning, G-d creates the entire
universe, including time itself,
out of nothingness. This process of creation continues for six days.
On the seventh day, G-d rests, bringing into existence the spiritual
universe of Shabbos, which returns to us every seven days.
Adam and Chava - the Human pair - are placed in the Garden of Eden.
Chava is enticed by the serpent to eat from the forbidden fruit of the
"Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil," and in turn gives the fruit to Adam.
By absorbing "sin," Adam and Chava render themselves incapable of
remaining in the spiritual paradise of Eden and are banished.
Death and hard work (both physical and spiritual) now enter the world,
together with pain in childbirth. Now begins the struggle to correct the sin of
Adam and Chava, which will be the main subject of world history.
Cain and Hevel, the first two children of Adam and Chava,
bring offerings to G-d. Hevel gives the finest of his flock,
and his offering is accepted, but Cain gives inferior produce
and his offering is rejected. In the ensuing quarrel, Cain kills Hevel
and is condemned to wander the earth.
The Torah traces the genealogy of the other children of Adam and Chava,
and the descendants of Cain until the birth of Noach.
After the death of Sheis, Mankind descends into evil, and G-d
decides that He will blot out Man in a flood which will deluge the world.
However, one man, Noach, finds favor with G-d.