The Great Flood:
the transformation and purification of the world.
The generation of the Flood were the closest
descendants of the first man, who possessed unimaginable spiritual power,
because he communicated directly with the Creator. Therefore the generation of
the Flood also possessed immense spiritual power and potential. (The fact that
they could subsist solely on vegetation serves as evidence for this.)
Considering their intense power and ability
to influence, the evil these people perpetrated was also extremely toxic. The
world, all that’s in it, and its spiritual substance was contaminated with
evil. “And G‑d said to Noah the end
of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through
them, and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” From this it emerges that
the purpose of the Flood was not just to destroy the people of the time (for
they could have been annihilated in a much easier manner) but to totally
transform and cleanse the whole world.
Evidence of this can be found in the writings of the Midrash which state
that the laws of nature did not operate during the process of the flood; the
Sun and other heavenly bodies did not light up the world. However, during the
process of the cleansing, the Almighty had to protect the inhabitants of the
Ark. In order to do that he created a special sacred space within the ark, akin
to the Holy of Holies in the Temple, inside the Ark of the Covenant.
is also alluded to in the phrase in the Torah: “And the Lord shut [Noah] in.”
Noah could have shut himself in, however the above quote is evidence to the
fact that a special sacred space was created within the Ark.
Geometry of the
Ark: the first pyramid-like structure to be built according to the “golden
geometry of the ark is described in the following way in the Torah: “And this
is how thou shalt make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, the
breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A light shalt thou make to the ark, and to a cubit shalt thou
finish it upward.”
The geometrical illustration of those instructions is given
Fig. 1: Geometry of the Ark
Fig. 2: Geometry of the Pyramid of Cheops
Fig. 1 we can see the Ark took the shape of a cut off pyramid. The slope of the
side walls of the ark is 50,76°. The slope of the Pyramid of Cheops is 51, 52°. The slope
of the Pyramid of Chephren is 52,2°. The slope of the Pyramid of Mycerinus is 50,47°.
Thus it can be seen that the angle of the walls of the ark match
those of the three pyramids of Giza, allowing for measurement error. If we
calculate the ratio of the sum of its height and width to its width
50+30,612/50 we get 1,612. The golden ratio is φ=1,618. The same ratio for the
Pyramid of Cheops is 1,631, which is also, allowing for measurement error, very
close to the golden ratio. The golden ratio is a universal number found
everywhere in nature including: cosmology, quantum physics, the structure of a
flower stem, crystals, music, architecture and painting.
Science today is also
aware of the special properties a space within a pyramid possesses, e.g.: food
stays fresh for longer, plants grow faster, water is cleansed etc.
above it can be concluded that the sacred holy space of the Ark was a pyramid
built according to the principle of the golden ratio, the builders of the
pyramids must have been aware of the geometry of Noah’s Ark and built them
following the same design.
Why did Noah release a raven?
“And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the
window of the ark which he had made. And he sent forth a
raven, and it went forth.”
the question of why Noah sent out a raven and not another bird? And why not a
dove straight away?
I asked the following question to my son Vladimir Shyfrin:
do ravens possess any traits that distinguish them from other birds? He came back
to me with the following answer. Modern science is aware that the Corvid family
of birds is the most intelligent out of all the birds. Biologists sometimes
refer to ravens as “primates with feathers.”
Today it is proven that birds from
the Corvid family are able to solve complex problems, construct and use simple
tools and remember and distinguish different images on a computer. This means
the first bird Noah released is the most intelligent of birds first, a
A reason as to why he did so can
be this: when Noah was building his Ark the people of the time promised to kill
him, so the first thing Noah wanted to know
when the waters came down was if there were any of the pre-flood
generation left, as he was concerned about his life. Only a raven that can remember
and distinguish different images and faces could have supplied Noah with that
The author would like to express his feelings of deep gratitude to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar for his invaluable guidance, comments and help.