My Life is Good.

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(the pitch)

Last week, we finished the final chapter in the Torah’s five books. (Read this SKINNY if you missed the season finale.) This week, we go back to the beginning and start reading the first chapter of book #1. The annual Torah reading cycle is like the directions on a bottle of shampoo: Wash, Rinse, Repeat. 

This week’s Torah reading is called, Bereisheit (beh-rey-sheet) and it’s also the name of the Torah’s first book, which is called Genesis in English. Repetitive SKINNIES know that the name of the each of the five books in the Torah shares the name with the first chapter of each book. Bereisheit means in the beginning and it’s the first word in the Torah. “In the beginning” is the original, “Once upon a time…” and it’s where our Jewish master story begins.


(the over think)

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with our peeps’ genesis story. God created the world in six days and took a well-earned break on the seventh day. 

DAY 1: day and night.
DAY 2: heaven.
DAY 3: earth, seas, plants, and trees.
DAY 4: sun, moon and stars.
DAY 5: fish and birds. 
DAY 6: animals and humans. 
DAY 7: vacay (aka Shabbat – a day of rest).


(to be in-the-know)

After everything was created in the universe and beyond, this week’s Torah reading follows the travails of the first humans. Adam and Eve were chillin’ in the idyllic Garden of Eden. They were commanded not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. A serpent persuaded Eve to violate the command and she shared the forbidden fruit with Adam. God got P.O.’d and banished them from the Garden. Eve gave birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain fought with Abel and murdered him in a fit of rage.  Adam and Eve then gave birth to a third son, named Seth, who later becomes the proud patriarch of Noah. (More on Noah’s flood-pants in an upcoming SKINNY and read this SKINNY for more on Bereisheit.)


(bookmark. reflect. share)

God was the original disrupter-start-up-inventor and was way more visionary than even Steve Jobs. Silicon Valley – and the rest of us – can learn a lot from God’s business tactics. Here’s why: God believed in the pure goodness of all God’s creations. In this Torah reading, God went live with all the inventions and each product’s release was followed by the tagline, “And it was good.” 

DAY 1: In the Beginning the earth was empty and God separated the light and the darkness. And God called the light DAY and the darkness NIGHT. And God saw that it was good

DAY 2: God made an expanse and separated it from the water that was below and the sky above. God called the expanse HEAVEN. And God saw that it was good.

DAY 3: God gathered the waters into one place so dry land could appear. God called the dry land EARTH and the gathering of the waters SEAS. And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout PLANTS and TREES.’ And God saw that it was good. 

DAY 4: God created the SUN, MOON, and STARS to separate the day and night and as signs for the seasons. And God saw that it was good.

DAY 5: God created FISH to swim in the waters and BIRDS to fly over the earth. And God saw that it was good.

DAY 6: God created ANIMALS, including cattle and all the creeping things of the ground. And God created HUMANS in the image of God. God blessed them. And God saw all that had been made was very good! 

DAY 7: God finished the work of creation and created a DAY OF REST. And God blessed the seventh day because it was all good.  


(to chew on)

Team SKINNY wonders, what would our lives be like if: in the beginning of each day, we took a look at our lives – if we really focused on all the things we’ve created and invented for ourselves – and saw that it was good? What if we actually even said out loud: 
  • I created a healthy body by going to the gym three mornings a week. And I see that it is good.
  • I fed my brain by reading books. And I see that it is good.
  • I nourished my soul by taking long hikes in nature. And I see that it is good.
  • I created lasting, true friendships. And I see that it is good.
  • I have people who love me for the real me. And I see that it is good.
  • I created a beautiful family. And I see that it is good.
  • I (fill in the blank). And God has blessed me and I see that my life is very good!



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