Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find below an ancient phrase in one language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.

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In the beginning

Even if you don’t know Hebrew, my suspicion is that the translation will clue you in as to the historical document source for this Hebrew word. From wiki:

BereshitBereishitBereshisBereishis, or B’reshith (בְּרֵאשִׁית‎—Hebrew for “in beginning” or “in the beginning,” the first word in the parashah) is the first weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. The parashah consists of Genesis 1:1–6:8.

In the parashah, God creates the heavens, the worldAdam and Eve, and Sabbath. A serpent convinces Eve, who then invites Adam, to eat the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden to them. God curses them and expels them from the Garden of Eden. One of their sons, Cain, becomes the first murderer, killing his brother Abel out of jealousy. Adam and Eve have other children, whose descendants populate the Earth. Each generation becomes more and more degenerate until God, decides to destroy humanity. Only one person, Noah, finds God’s favor.

The parashah is made up of 7,235 Hebrew letters, 1,931 Hebrew words, 146 verses, and 241 lines in a Torah Scroll (Sefer Torah). Jews read it on the first Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in October, or rarely, in late September or early November. Jews also read the beginning part of the parashah, Genesis 1:1–2:3, as the second Torah reading for Simchat Torah, after reading the last parts of the Book of Deuteronomy, Parashah V’Zot HaBerachahDeuteronomy 33:1–34:12

I have a difficult time discussing Genesis 1:1 without mentioning the video embedded below, because the video author demonstrates so well the absolute genius of the text. Hebrew letters have a numeric value in addition to their meaning as a letter. The numeric values which appear in the text of Genesis 1:1, when studied, are suggestive of a remarkable depth of planning that went into choosing the words of this one verse.