Torah Portion Bereshit (Gen 1:1 - 6:8).  This is the first chapter of the first of the Five Books of Moses, which is also called Bereshit in Hebrew, but Genesis (births) in Greek.

Bereshit is Hebrew for “In the beginning.”  Here is the context in Gen 1:1

In the beginning, Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth

Some translators prefer:
           When God began to create the heavens and the earth…

And the Kabbalists transate Gen 1:1 as
            When the One Without End created Elohim with the heavens and the earth…

Summary: In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.  The world was formless and chaotic, and Elohim said “Let there be light” and there was light. This  is what happened on the first day of G-d’s creation.  In the subsequent days, Elohim created the firmament and the seas; dry land and vegetation;  the sun, moon, and stars; birds and fish; land animals and humans.  On the seventh day, Elohim rested.  YHVH-Elohim created the human from the dust of the land and breathed the soul of life into the human (literally: the earthling).  YHVH-Elohim planted the Garden of Eden and placed the human into it to tend it.  There was only one commandment: do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  Because the human was lonely, YHVH-Elohim put the human into a deep sleep and took one of his ribs (or from his side – the Hebrew can be translated either way) and created a woman.  There was a snake in Eden who enticed the woman to eat the fruit from the tree so that she and the man would be like Elohim, knowing good and evil (which could mean morality or the knowledge of everything).  She eats the fruit and offers it to the man who partakes of it as well.  YHVH-Elohim punishes the man with having to work by the spread of his brow, the woman with having a difficult childbirth, and the snake to crawl on the ground.  YHVH-Elohim banishes them from Eden; with their knowledge of “good and evil,” they cannot eat from the tree of Eternal Life, because they would live forever.

East of Eden, the man and his wife (he named her Eve – Chavah, in Hebrew, from the Hebrew word for life – Chayah) become parents of two sons: Cain and Abel.  As adults, Cain kills Abel because YHVH had accepted Abel’s sacrifice but not his.  YHVH condemns Cain to wander , but with the promise that anyone who kills Cain will be punished sevenfold.  In the land of Nod, Cain finds a wife.  The seven generations that descended from Cain built cities and civilization. 

Adam and Eve had a third son, Seth, from whom Noah descends (from Adam to Noah is 10 generations).  Adam and Eve also had other sons and daughters.  The world became corrupt, but Noah found favor in the eyes of YHVH.

Note: there are at least three names for God in this Torah portion:

(1     1.  Elohim; Traditionally translated as God, the word literally: powers, although it is treated as if it were singular;

(2     2. YHVH; usually translated as The Lord; YHVH is the holiest name for God in the Bible and it is never pronounced.  Instead it is read as Adonai – literally “my Masters;”

(3    3.  YHVH-Elohim (the combination of the two prior names on this list).

Arguably, Echad (Hebrew for One) may also a name of God.