Bereshit (1) בְּרֵאשִׁית In The Beginning, Genesis 1:1–6:8 Torah Study and Poetry

Torah Poetry for Bereshit (1) בְּרֵאשִׁית Genesis 1:1–6:8 Word Cloud for This Week’s Parsha

בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereishit in God’s Hand


What do we know of our origins? / lean in if you have questions about your genesis / Bereshit “In the Beginning” / each Jewish Parsha named for the first word / God creates heaven and earth / Genesis from the Greek for γένεσις / origin, becoming, born / establishment, existence, formation / genesis, history, lineage.

The Beginning of Chaos

God creates and rests / Adam and Eve are created and placed / in the wonderful Garden of Eden / eat from the tree of knowledge / expelled from the garden / brothers war / Cain kills Abel / chaos begins.

Light Torah Poetry from Bereshit Torah Study Planner by Casey Horner on Unsplash


“Let there be light” / no longer held back / busting surfacing free /if you have been noticing the waning light / looking forward to longer days / and ways to be more creative / you are called to the Torah of light.

New Morning Light

Let there be light / and there was good / evening and morning / first day.

Genesis 1:1–5 Word Cloud

6 God / 5 Light / 3 Darkness / 2 אֱלֹהִ֔ים Elohim / 2 Called 2 Earth.

Word Cloud Poetry Genesis 1:1–5 by Kimberly Burnham from the Bereshit B’nai Mitzvah Planner

Earth Stretched Over

Stretch earth on water / seething beneath hardening / island land masses

The Difference Flowers Make

Step into a world without flowers / trees ungraced by sunshine / the air still / lacking a breeze / no growth / no movement / no life / no gratitude for all there is.

Wild Flower Torah Poetry from Bereshith Torah Study Planner by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Creator: earth sky / hovering on water’s face / light sprung from darkness / divides teeming earth and sky / swarms with us in the image.

Hope In New Beginnings

A fresh start / everything new / like the beginning of the world / like the first step out of the garden / first meeting a new relationship / love and friendship still to come / a new idea bringing hope of success / like springtime with new growth / like the morning / that first moment caught between night and day / new again.

Till the Soil

Bring your heart’s intention to this aliyah /if you find desire welling up to till the soil / and find joy in the strength the earth yields to you / or if you are ready to cease wandering / put down roots in this earth / where you live.


Come to the Torah if you know / who are your ancestors / or seek to know / the ancestors who dwelt in tents / tended sheep and goats / the players of the lyre and pipe / what did they do / who were they / where did they live.

Nine Hundred and Thirty Years Old

If like Adam I lived for 930 years / imagine the history I would have seen as a child / celebrating my eight hundredth birthday today /in my childhood the first newspaper would not come out / for another 500 years / but headlines might have read / Maimonides or the Rambam recently died in Egypt / St. Francis of Assisi starts visiting Jerusalem / Trial by ordeal abolished in England / Islamic lands of Central Asia overrun by the Mongol invader Genghis Khan / Gothic architecture increasingly popular in Europe / The city of London begins rebuilding after a major fire / Native Americans live in North America long before Columbus.

Old People 930 years old in the Torah Genesis Study Journal by Wonsung Jang on Unsplash

A Hundred and Twenty Years Old

God regrets / life is short / lean in to this Torah study now / before a hundred and twenty years is gone in a flash / come forward if you dream of all you can do / make the world a better place in the allotted 120 years / a long life for now.



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham


Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.