Welcome to Shazak Parsha
“In the beginning, HaShem (G-d) created the heavens and the earth.”Bereishis – “in the beginning” – is the very first word of the Torah. Bereishis is the name of the first of the 5 books of the Chumash – Bereishis, Shmos, VaYikra, Bamidbar, and Devarim.
Bereishis is also the name of the very first Parsha (weekly reading) of the Torah. We read one Parsha every single Shabbos throughout the year. Altogether there are 54 Parshiyos.
“In the beginning” is different than “Once upon a time.” It’s true that the Torah is full of stories, but they’re not just any stories.
First of all, the stories in the Torah are true!
Second of all, although they are interesting and enjoyable to read, the stories that make up much of the Torah are not meant to entertain us, but rather to teach us how to live, and how to act as a good Jewish person. When we learn about the lives of our great ancestors, we learn lessons that are just as important today as they ever were.
Welcome to Shazak Parsha… bringing you the timeless stories of the Torah to life!