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Torah 365, Bereishit Chapter 5
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Bereishit, Chapter 5

Dear Friends,

After a Thanksgiving Break, we are back for more Torah 365.  At our last Torah 365 Kiddush Conversation, our guest scholar Rabbi Sam Shor reflected on the messages of teshuva found in the story of Cain and Abel.  He presented a disagreement among the Biblical commentaries regarding whether Cain expressed true remorse for his actions or was simply afraid of divine punishment. Our sages and Hasidic Masters suggested that it was sincere remorse and that the story teaches that no matter how grave the mistake, God in his unending kindness gives us the gift of teshuva: to rehabilitate and improve ourselves and to renew our relationship with the Divine.

Chapter 5 recounts the generations and genealogies from Adam to Noah.  We hope to see you this Shabbat at Beth Abe's annual A Capella Shabbat with the Y-Studs!  It will be a day filled with spirited singing, games, and learning on various topics: an all around splendid community get together!

Happy Learning!
Roy Feldman

בראשית ה
זֶה סֵפֶר, תּוֹלְדֹת אָדָם:  בְּיוֹם, בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם, בִּדְמוּת אֱלֹהִים, עָשָׂה אֹתוֹ.  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בְּרָאָם; וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם, וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמָם אָדָם, בְּיוֹם, הִבָּרְאָם.  וַיְחִי אָדָם, שְׁלֹשִׁים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה, וַיּוֹלֶד בִּדְמוּתוֹ, כְּצַלְמוֹ; וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ, שֵׁת.  וַיִּהְיוּ יְמֵי-אָדָם, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-שֵׁת, שְׁמֹנֶה מֵאֹת, שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ כָּל-יְמֵי אָדָם, אֲשֶׁר-חַי, תְּשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה, וּשְׁלֹשִׁים שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי-שֵׁת, חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-אֱנוֹשׁ.  וַיְחִי-שֵׁת, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-אֱנוֹשׁ, שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים, וּשְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי-שֵׁת, שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה, וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי אֱנוֹשׁ, תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-קֵינָן.  וַיְחִי אֱנוֹשׁ, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-קֵינָן, חֲמֵשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה, וּשְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי אֱנוֹשׁ, חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים, וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי קֵינָן, שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-מַהֲלַלְאֵל.  וַיְחִי קֵינָן, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-מַהֲלַלְאֵל, אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי קֵינָן, עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים, וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי מַהֲלַלְאֵל, חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-יָרֶד.  וַיְחִי מַהֲלַלְאֵל, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-יֶרֶד, שְׁלֹשִׁים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי מַהֲלַלְאֵל, חָמֵשׁ וְתִשְׁעִים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי-יֶרֶד, שְׁתַּיִם וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּמְאַת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-חֲנוֹךְ.  וַיְחִי-יֶרֶד, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-חֲנוֹךְ, שְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת, שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי-יֶרֶד, שְׁתַּיִם וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי חֲנוֹךְ, חָמֵשׁ וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-מְתוּשָׁלַח.  וַיִּתְהַלֵּךְ חֲנוֹךְ אֶת-הָאֱלֹהִים, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-מְתוּשֶׁלַח, שְׁלֹשׁ מֵאוֹת, שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיְהִי, כָּל-יְמֵי חֲנוֹךְ, חָמֵשׁ וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁלֹשׁ מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה.  וַיִּתְהַלֵּךְ חֲנוֹךְ, אֶת-הָאֱלֹהִים; וְאֵינֶנּוּ, כִּי-לָקַח אֹתוֹ אֱלֹהִים.  וַיְחִי מְתוּשֶׁלַח, שֶׁבַע וּשְׁמֹנִים שָׁנָה וּמְאַת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, אֶת-לָמֶךְ.  וַיְחִי מְתוּשֶׁלַח, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-לֶמֶךְ, שְׁתַּיִם וּשְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁבַע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיִּהְיוּ, כָּל-יְמֵי מְתוּשֶׁלַח, תֵּשַׁע וְשִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה, וּתְשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְחִי-לֶמֶךְ, שְׁתַּיִם וּשְׁמֹנִים שָׁנָה וּמְאַת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד, בֵּן.  וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-שְׁמוֹ נֹחַ, לֵאמֹר:  זֶה יְנַחֲמֵנוּ מִמַּעֲשֵׂנוּ, וּמֵעִצְּבוֹן יָדֵינוּ, מִן-הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר אֵרְרָהּ יְהוָה.  וַיְחִי-לֶמֶךְ, אַחֲרֵי הוֹלִידוֹ אֶת-נֹחַ, חָמֵשׁ וְתִשְׁעִים שָׁנָה, וַחֲמֵשׁ מֵאֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד בָּנִים, וּבָנוֹת.  וַיְהִי, כָּל-יְמֵי-לֶמֶךְ, שֶׁבַע וְשִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה, וּשְׁבַע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיָּמֹת.  וַיְהִי-נֹחַ, בֶּן-חֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה; וַיּוֹלֶד נֹחַ, אֶת-שֵׁם אֶת-חָם וְאֶת-יָפֶת.
 
Genesis 5
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him; male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth. And the days of Adam after he begot Seth were eight hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begot Enosh. And Seth lived after he begot Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died. And Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Kenan. And Enosh lived after he begot Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died. And Kenan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel. And Kenan lived after he begot Mahalalel eight hundred and forty years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Kenan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died. And Mahalalel lived sixty and five years, and begot Jared. And Mahalalel lived after he begot Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred ninety and five years; and he died. And Jared lived a hundred sixty and two years, and begot Enoch. And Jared lived after he begot Enoch eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years; and he died. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begot Methuselah. And Enoch walked with God after he begot Methuselah three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years. And Enoch walked with God, and he was not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived a hundred eighty and seven years, and begot Lamech. And Methuselah lived after he begot Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years; and he died. And Lamech lived a hundred eighty and two years, and begot a son. And he called his name Noah, saying: 'This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which cometh from the ground which the LORD hath cursed.' And Lamech lived after he begot Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years; and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old; and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Questions and Links
According to our tradition, Methuselah is the man who lived the longest in the Bible.  The son of Enoch, father of Lamech, and grandfather of Noah, he reportedly lived to the age of 969 years.  This stained glass depiction of a young Methuselah stroking his beard can be found in the south-west transept of Canterbury cathedral in Canterbury, Kent.  The medieval artist who created this window over 800 years ago had such a distinctive style that his work can be clearly identified in other windows of the cathedral.  As his identity is unknown, the artist is simply referred to as the "Master of Methuselah."
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