Parashat B’reishit (In the beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah: Isaiah 42:5-43:10
The Scripture should impact one’s views on every aspect of life. The separation of religion from the government is often times misunderstood. The intent is that the government cannot support one religion over that of another, but must provide equal protection of all religions that do not infringe upon the rights of other individuals. Those who understand the constitution will point out that although the government must limit its relationship with religious entities; this is only in one direction. In other words, whereas the government involvement is limited, people of faith are free to be involved in the political process.
One area where believers have not spoken out nearly enough is in regard to abortion. The act of abortion is an attack on the image of G-d. It is also a violation of the prohibition against shedding innocent blood; for by the time a woman knows she is pregnant, the baby which is inside of her has his own blood.
In this week’s parashah one reads that when Cain killed Abel that,
“…The voice of your brother’s blood cries unto Me (HaShem) from the ground.” Genesis 4:10
It is important to remember that because G-d is Holy, He must respond to this sin of Cain, therefore HaShem responded to this iniquity. The rabbis teach a very important principle which states that the longer the punishment delays the more severe the punishment will be. The delay is obvious for the purpose of repentance, but when one does not repent the judgment will be harsher.
Just think about the nearly 50 million babies who have be brutally killed since abortion was legalized by Roe vs. Wade. Does not the blood of these children cry out like the blood of Abel? Most certainly and believers have not done very much to stop this horrendous sin that takes place several thousand times a day (approximately 3,700 ).
Judgment will come from heaven and it will manifest itself in a variety of ways.
As we begin reading the Torah in this new year of 5772, why not think how you can be salt and light in regard to this issue.
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