Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Parsha: B'reishit, "First Rashi"
The Rashi on the first pasuq of the Torah is striking. There, Rashi quotes R' Yitzhak, mentioning another possible beginning to the Torah. Instead of B'reishit, R' Yitzchak suggests "hachodesh hazzeh" (Shmot: 12:2).
Q: Why should the Torah start at Parshat Hachodesh and not Be'reishit? What's so special about it?
A: There are several approaches. For instance, this was the first Mitzvah given to all Israel
Along those lines, the main significance is that this starts off the Mechilta. Since the earliest strand of Torah sheb'al Peh begins with this passuq, it would be natural to start Torah shebichtav [Miqra] at that same point.