Bereshit 5780 – Science and Creation
Sermon by Rav Barrry Leff
Bereshit bara El-him et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz, “in beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The Torah tells us that God created the world in six days. On the first day God said “let there be light” and there was light. On the second day God created Heaven to separate “the waters above from the waters below.” On the third day God created dry land and plants. On the fourth day God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the fifth day God created birds and fish. On the sixth day God first created the land animals, and then said “Let us make man in our image,” and he created Adam and Eve. On the seventh day God rested. Based on the biblical genealogies, the rabbis calculated that this all happened 5,780 years ago.
Science, on the other hand, tells a different story…