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Torah Talk for educators and parents

Bereishit
"Remember, You Were Created by G-d"
Shabbat, October 28, 2000 - 29 Tishrei 5761

Sometimes we get caught up in our hurried lives
and forget where we came from.
It's easy to get your feet back on the ground -
just rest and enjoy a true Shabbat,
by remembering Creation and reading Bereishit.

zipple.com presents a Torah portion write-up written for parents and teachers from the author of "The Really Fun Family Haggadah."

By LARRY STEIN
Special to zipple.com

Bereishit (translation: In the beginning), the first book and the first portion of the Torah, begins with Creation and soon offers the famous words, "Let there be light." After most of Creation is completed, man is finally created on the sixth day, just before God rested on the seventh day, which became our Shabbat, a day of rest. "God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." Then we learn that "God created man in God's own image."

Incredible! Think of how precious your life is: like Adam, God formed you from dust and breathed life into you! You were created in God's image! Human life is such a privilege! It's also a responsibility. "God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it." In other words, we have a responsibility to take care of our world. We also have a responsibility to take care of our personal world - our family, friends and loved ones. And ourselves.

Sometimes life can be challenging. Things don't always go well. When life becomes difficult, remember that God formed you from dust, breathed life into you, and created you in God's own image. Remember that your life is special and your special talents are needed to take care of the garden, to better our world and to better yourself. Pick yourself up and take care of that garden.

Then experience a true Shabbat. Do what God did on the seventh day - rest and appreciate the wonder of Creation. Thank God for the gift of your life and everything you have, then do as God would do, rest. After all, you were created in God's image.

Try these discussion starters at the Shabbat table or at school:
In what ways do you feel your life is special? Do you feel that God created you in God's image?
What are your special talents? How do you use them to better the world?

Larry Stein is the author of The Really Fun Family Haggadah, which can be ordered at www.ruachbooks.com. Email Larry at larry@ruachbooks.com.

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