This week we began the Torah again, with stories of creation, transgression, birth and murder. Cain’s murder of his brother Able shows us the initial act of human violence. In these few passages, we witness the potential within a human being to ruthlessly take the life of another person. Since the beginning of October there have been multiple stabbings and acts of violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. We have seen three shootings on college campuses. In this moment, Torah teaches us deep and difficult truths about our mankind. Through our tradition may we find insights into our moral responsibility as well as hope for a better future.