Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth.

Welcome to One+One – one pasuk with one peirush from all over Tanach! For our first installment, where better to begin than with the first Rashi on the first verse in the first Book of Tanach? Rashi cites the Midrash asking why the Torah starts with the creation account – wouldn’t it make more sense to begin with the very first mitzvah? He answers that the purpose is to establish G-d’s “credentials,” as it were. G-d knew that the nations of the world would claim that the Jews stole Israel. Because of this verse, we can answer that G-d created the world and He can assign pieces of that world to whomever He so desires.