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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 9

Bereishit - Genesis - Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

1. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and He said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.   א. וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת נֹחַ וְאֶת בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת הָאָרֶץ:
2. And your fear and your dread shall be upon all the beasts of the earth and upon all the fowl of the heaven; upon everything that creeps upon the ground and upon all the fish of the sea, [for] they have been given into your hand[s].   ב. וּמוֹרַאֲכֶם וְחִתְּכֶם יִהְיֶה עַל כָּל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ וְעַל כָּל עוֹף הַשָּׁמָיִם בְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר תִּרְמֹשׂ הָאֲדָמָה וּבְכָל דְּגֵי הַיָּם בְּיֶדְכֶם נִתָּנוּ:
and your dread: Heb. וְחִתְּכֶם, means “your fear,” like (Job 6:21):“You see terror (חֲתַת).” According to the Aggadah (Shab. 151b), however, it is an expression of life (חַיּוּת) , for as long as an infant [even] one day old is alive, there is no need to guard him from mice, but if Og, the king of Bashan is dead, he must be guarded from mice, as it is said: “And your fear and your life shall be.” When will your fear be upon the creatures? As long as you are alive.   וחתכם: ואימתכם כמו (איוב ו כא) תראו חתת. ואגדה לשון חיות שכל זמן שהתינוק בן יומו חי אין אתה צריך לשומרו מן העכברים, עוג מלך הבשן מת, צריך לשומרו מן העכברים, שנאמר ומוראכם וחתכם יהיה, אימתי יהיה מוראכם על החיות, כל זמן שאתם חיים:
3. Every moving thing that lives shall be yours to eat; like the green vegetation, I have given you everything.   ג. כָּל רֶמֶשׂ אֲשֶׁר הוּא חַי לָכֶם יִהְיֶה לְאָכְלָה כְּיֶרֶק עֵשֶׂב נָתַתִּי לָכֶם אֶת כֹּל:
shall be yours to eat: (Sanhedrin 59b) For I did not permit the first man [Adam] to eat meat, but only vegetation, but for you, just as the green vegetation which I permitted for the first man, I have given you everything.   לכם יהיה לאכלה: שלא הרשיתי לאדם הראשון לאכול בשר אלא ירק עשב, ולכם כירק עשב שהפקרתי לאדם הראשון, נתתי לכם את כל:
4. But, flesh with its soul, its blood, you shall not eat.   ד. אַךְ בָּשָׂר בְּנַפְשׁוֹ דָמוֹ לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ:
flesh with its soul: He prohibited them [to eat] a limb [cut off from] a living creature; i.e., as long as its soul is in it, you shall not eat the flesh. — [from Sanh. ad loc.] [i.e., if the limb is cut from the animal while it is alive, it is forbidden to be eaten even after the animal expires.]   בשר בנפשו: אסר להם אבר מן החי, כלומר כל זמן שנפשו בו לא תאכלו הבשר:
with its soul, its blood: As long as its soul is within it.   בנפשו דמו: בעוד נפשו בו:
flesh with its soul…you shall not eat: This refers to a limb of a living creature. And also, its blood, you shall not eat-This refers to blood of a living creature. — [from above source]   בשר בנפשו לא תאכלו: הרי אבר מן החי ואף בנפשו דמו לא תאכלו, הרי דם מן החי:
5. But your blood, of your souls, I will demand [an account]; from the hand of every beast I will demand it, and from the hand of man, from the hand of each man, his brother, I will demand the soul of man.   ה. וְאַךְ אֶת דִּמְכֶם לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם אֶדְרשׁ מִיַּד כָּל חַיָּה אֶדְרְשֶׁנּוּ וּמִיַּד הָאָדָם מִיַּד אִישׁ אָחִיו אֶדְרשׁ אֶת נֶפֶשׁ הָאָדָם:
But your blood: Even though I permitted you to take the life of animals, your blood I will demand of one who sheds his own blood [i.e., who commits suicide]. — [from Gen. Rabbah 34:13, B.K. 91b]   ואך את דמכם: אף על פי שהתרתי לכם נטילת נשמה בבהמה, את דמכם אדרוש מהשופך דם עצמו:
of your souls: Also one who strangles himself, even though no blood issued from him. — [Gen. Rabbah ad loc.]   לנפשותיכם: אף החונק עצמו אף על פי שלא יצא ממנו דם:
from the hand of every beast: Since the Generation of the Flood had sinned, and they were abandoned as prey for the wild beasts, which would have power over them, as it is said (Ps. 49:13, 21): “he is compared to the silenced animals” ; therefore, it was necessary to warn the beasts about them [not to kill them]. — [from unknown midrashic sources]   מיד כל חיה: לפי שחטאו דור המבול והופקרו למאכל חיות רעות לשלוט בהן, שנאמר (תהלים מט יג) נמשל כבהמות נדמו, לפיכך הוצרך להזהיר עליהן את החיות:
and from the hand of man: From the hand of one who kills intentionally, without witnesses, I will demand [his life]. Cf. Targum Jonathan , verse 6.   ומיד האדם: מיד ההורג במזיד ואין עדים אני אדרוש:
from the hand of each man, his brother: From the hand of the one who loves him like a brother, and killed him unintentionally, I will demand [punishment], if he does not go into exile nor beg that his iniquity be forgiven. For even the inadvertent sinner requires atonement. If there are no witnesses to sentence him to exile, and he does not humble himself, the Holy One, blessed be He, will demand it of him, as our Rabbis expounded [on the verse] (Exod. 21:13): “And God placed him into his hand,” in Tractate Makkoth (10b): the Holy One, blessed be He, causes them to meet at the same inn, etc. [The passage reads: What is this verse speaking of? Of two men, each of whom had murdered a person; one had murdered intentionally and one had murdered unintentionally. This one had no witnesses, and that one had no witnesses. The Holy One, blessed be He, causes them to meet at the same inn; the one who murdered intentionally sits under a ladder, and the one who murdered unintentionally climbs down the ladder, and falls upon him, killing him. The one who murdered intentionally is killed, and the one who killed unintentionally is exiled.]   מיד איש אחיו: מיד שהוא אוהב לו כאח והרגו שוגג, אני אדרוש, אם לא יגלה ויבקש על עונו לימחל, שאף השוגג צריך כפרה, ואם אין עדים לחייבו גלות והוא אינו נכנע, הקדוש ברוך הוא דורש ממנו. כמו שדרשו רבותינו ז"ל והא-להים אנה לידו במסכת מכות (י ב) הקדוש ברוך הוא מזמנן לפונדק אחד וכו':
6. Whoever sheds the blood of man through man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God He made man.   ו. שֹׁפֵךְ דַּם הָאָדָם בָּאָדָם דָּמוֹ יִשָּׁפֵךְ כִּי בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֶת הָאָדָם:
through man shall his blood be shed: If there are witnesses, you kill him. Why? “For in the image of God, etc.”   באדם דמו ישפך: אם יש עדים המיתוהו אתם, למה, כי בצלם א-להים וגו':
He made man: This is an elliptical verse. It should read: “the Maker made man,” and there are many such instances in Scripture.   עשה את האדם: זה מקרא חסר, וצריך להיות עשה העושה את האדם, וכן הרבה במקרא:
7. And you, be fruitful and multiply; swarm upon the earth and multiply thereon."   ז. וְאַתֶּם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ שִׁרְצוּ בָאָרֶץ וּרְבוּ בָהּ:
And you, be fruitful and multiply: According to its simple meaning: the first [mention of this expression] (verse 1) was a blessing, and this [mention] is a commandment. According to its midrashic interpretation, [it is written here] to compare one who does not engage in propagation to one who sheds blood. — [from Yev. 63b]   ואתם פרו ורבו: לפי פשוטו הראשונה לברכה, וכאן לצווי. ולפי מדרשו להקיש מי שאינו עוסק בפריה ורביה לשופך דמים:
8. And God said to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:   ח. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל נֹחַ וְאֶל בָּנָיו אִתּוֹ לֵאמֹר:
9. "And I, behold I am setting up My covenant with you and with your seed after you.   ט. וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי מֵקִים אֶת בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְאֶת זַרְעֲכֶם אַחֲרֵיכֶם:
And I, behold I: Agree with you, for Noah was afraid to engage in propagation until the Holy One, blessed be He, promised him never to destroy the world again, and so He did. He ultimately said to him, “Behold I agree to make a confirmation and a strengthening of a covenant for My promise, and I will give you a sign.” - [from Tan. Buber, Noach 17]   ואני הנני: מסכים אני עמך, שהיה נח דואג לעסוק בפריה ורביה עד שהבטיחו הקדוש ברוך הוא שלא לשחת את העולם עוד, וכן עשה. ובאחרונה אמר לו הנני מסכים לעשות קיום וחזוק ברית להבטחתי, ואתן לך אות:
10. And with every living creature that is with you, among the fowl, among the cattle, and among all the beasts of the earth with you, of all those who came out of the ark, of all the living creatures of the earth.   י. וְאֵת כָּל נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם בָּעוֹף בַּבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ אִתְּכֶם מִכֹּל יֹצְאֵי הַתֵּבָה לְכֹל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ:
and among all the beasts of the earth with you: These are the ones that walk with people.   חית הארץ אתכם: הם המתהלכים עם הבריות:
of all those who came out of the ark: to include abominable creatures and creeping animals.   מכל יוצאי התבה: להביא שקצים ורמשים:
the living creatures of the earth: to include the demons, which are not included in“every living creature that is with you,” for they do not walk with human beings.   לכל חית הארץ: להביא המזיקין שאינן בכלל החיה אשר אתכם, שאין הילוכן עם הבריות:
11. And I will establish My covenant with you, and never again will all flesh be cut off by the flood waters, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth."   יא. וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְלֹא יִכָּרֵת כָּל בָּשָׂר עוֹד מִמֵּי הַמַּבּוּל וְלֹא יִהְיֶה עוֹד מַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ:
And I will establish: I will make a confirmation for My covenant, and what is its confirmation? The rainbow, as it [Scripture] proceeds to conclude. [Note that the Oxford ms. and the Guadalajara ed. read: the sign of the rainbow. However, our edition coincides with other early editions.]   והקימותי: אעשה קיום לבריתי, ומהו קיומו, את הקשת כמו שמסיים והולך:
12. And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant, which I am placing between Me and between you, and between every living soul that is with you, for everlasting generations.   יב. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים זֹאת אוֹת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם לְדֹרֹת עוֹלָם:
for everlasting generations: It [the word דֹרֹת] is written defectively [without the letter “vav”] because there were generations that did not require the sign because they were completely righteous, such as the generation of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, and the generation of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (Gen. Rabbah 35:2).   לדרת עולם: נכתב חסר, שיש דורות שלא הוצרכו לאות לפי שצדיקים גמורים היו, כמו דורו של חזקיהו מלך יהודה, ודורו של רבי שמעון בן יוחאי:
13. My rainbow I have placed in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Myself and the earth.   יג. אֶת קַשְׁתִּי נָתַתִּי בֶּעָנָן וְהָיְתָה לְאוֹת בְּרִית בֵּינִי וּבֵין הָאָרֶץ:
14. And it shall come to pass, when I cause clouds to come upon the earth, that the rainbow will appear in the cloud.   יד. וְהָיָה בְּעַנְנִי עָנָן עַל הָאָרֶץ וְנִרְאֲתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן:
when I cause clouds to come: when it comes to My mind to bring darkness and destruction to the world. — [from Gen. Rabbah 35:3]   בענני ענן: כשתעלה במחשבה לפני להביא חשך ואבדון לעולם:
15. And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and between you and between every living creature among all flesh, and the water will no longer become a flood to destroy all flesh.   טו. וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל בָּשָׂר וְלֹא יִהְיֶה עוֹד הַמַּיִם לְמַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל בָּשָׂר:
16. And the rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will see it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and between every living creature among all flesh, which is on the earth."   טז. וְהָיְתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן וּרְאִיתִיהָ לִזְכֹּר בְּרִית עוֹלָם בֵּין אֱלֹהִים וּבֵין כָּל נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאָרֶץ:
between God and between every living creature: Between the Standard of Justice of Heaven and between you, for it should have stated, “Between Me and every living creature!” But the following is its midrashic interpretation: When the standard of justice comes to accuse you (to condemn you), I will see the aforementioned sign. — [Gen. Rabbah 35:3] Other editions read: I will see the sign, and it will be remembered.   בין א-להים ובין כל נפש חיה: בין מדת הדין של מעלה וביניכם שהיה לו לכתוב וביני ובין כל נפש חיה. אלא זהו מדרשו כשתבא מדת הדין לקטרג עליכם (לחייב אתכם) אני רואה את האות ונזכר:
17. And God said to Noah: "This is the sign of the covenant that I have set up, between Myself and between all flesh that is on the earth."   יז. וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל נֹחַ זֹאת אוֹת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר הֲקִמֹתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵין כָּל בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל הָאָרֶץ:
This is the sign of the covenant: He showed him [Noah] the bow and said to him, “Here is the sign of which I spoke.” [The expression, “This is,” always denotes that the object is being pointed out by the speaker. Cf. Rashi , Exod. 12:2, 30:13, Lev. 8:5, 11:2.]   זאת אות הברית: הראהו הקשת ואמר לו הרי האות שאמרתי:
18. And the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham he was the father of Canaan.   יח. וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי נֹחַ הַיֹּצְאִים מִן הַתֵּבָה שֵׁם וְחָם וָיָפֶת וְחָם הוּא אֲבִי כְנָעַן:
and Ham-he was the father of Canaan: Why was it necessary to say this here? Because the chapter proceeds to deal with Noah’s drunkenness, in which Ham sinned, and because of him Canaan was cursed, and since the generations of Ham were not yet written, and we do not know that Canaan was his son, it was necessary to say here,“and Ham-he was the father of Canaan.”   וחם הוא אבי כנען: למה הוצרך לומר כאן, לפי שהפרשה עסוקה ובאה בשכרותו של נח שקלקל בה חם, ועל ידו נתקלל כנען, ועדיין לא כתב תולדות חם, ולא ידענו שכנען בנו, לפיכך הוצרך לומר כאן וחם הוא אבי כנען:
19. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these, the entire earth spread out.   יט. שְׁלשָׁה אֵלֶּה בְּנֵי נֹחַ וּמֵאֵלֶּה נָפְצָה כָל הָאָרֶץ:
20. And Noah began to be a master of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.   כ. וַיָּחֶל נֹחַ אִישׁ הָאֲדָמָה וַיִּטַּע כָּרֶם:
[And Noah] began: Heb. וַיָּחֶל. [This can be understood as] “he made himself profane,” for he should have first engaged in planting something different. — [Gen. Rabbah 36:3. I.e., he should not have planted a vineyard, from which wine is produced, but other trees.]   ויחל: עשה עצמו חולין, שהיה לו לעסוק תחלה בנטיעה אחרת:
a master of the soil: אִישׁ הָאֲדָמָה, the master of the earth, like (Ruth 1:3): “Naomi’s husband (אִישׁ).” Rashi explains that Elimelech was called אִישׁ נָעָמִי because of his mastery over her. Cf. Commentary Digest ad loc.   איש האדמה: אדוני האדמה, כמו (רות א ג) איש נעמי:
and he planted a vineyard: When he entered the ark, he brought with him vine branches and shoots of fig trees. — [from Gen. Rabbah 36:3]   ויטע כרם: כשנכנס לתיבה הכניס עמו זמורות ויחורי תאנים:
21. And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and he uncovered himself within his tent.   כא. וַיֵּשְׁתְּ מִן הַיַּיִן וַיִּשְׁכָּר וַיִּתְגַּל בְּתוֹךְ אָהֳלֹה:
his tent: it is written אָהֳלֹה [and not the usual אָהֳלוֹ]. This alludes to the Ten Tribes, who were referred to by the name of Samaria, which was called Oholah [אָהֳלָה] (Ez. 23:4), who were exiled on account of wine, as is written (Amos 6:6): “who drink from basins of wine.” - [from Tan. Buber, Noach 21]   אהלו: אהלה כתיב רמז לעשרת שבטים שנקראו על שם שומרון שנקראת אהלה, שגלו על עסקי היין, שנאמר (עמוס ו ו) השותים במזרקי יין:
and he uncovered himself: Heb. וַיִּתְגַּל, the הִתְפָּעֵל conjugation [the reflexive].   ויתגל: לשון ויתפעל:
22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness, and he told his two brothers outside.   כב. וַיַּרְא חָם אֲבִי כְנַעַן אֵת עֶרְוַת אָבִיו וַיַּגֵּד לִשְׁנֵי אֶחָיו בַּחוּץ:
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw: (Gen. Rabbah 36:7) Some of our Sages say: Canaan saw and told his father; therefore, he was mentioned regarding the matter, and he was cursed.   וירא חם אבי כנען: יש מרבותינו אומרים כנען ראה והגיד לאביו לכך הוזכר על הדבר ונתקלל:
saw his father’s nakedness: Some say that he castrated him, and some say that he sodomized him. — [from Sanh. 70a]   וירא את ערות אביו: יש אומרים סרסו ויש אומרים רבעו:
23. And Shem and Japheth took the garment, and they placed [it] on both of their shoulders, and they walked backwards, and they covered their father's nakedness, and their faces were turned backwards, so that they did not see their father's nakedness.   כג. וַיִּקַּח שֵׁם וָיֶפֶת אֶת הַשִּׂמְלָה וַיָּשִׂימוּ עַל שְׁכֶם שְׁנֵיהֶם וַיֵּלְכוּ אֲחֹרַנִּית וַיְכַסּוּ אֵת עֶרְוַת אֲבִיהֶם וּפְנֵיהֶם אֲחֹרַנִּית וְעֶרְוַת אֲבִיהֶם לֹא רָאוּ:
And Shem and Japheth took: Heb. וַיִּקַּח. It does not say וַיִּקְחוּ (the plural form), but וַיִּקַּח, the singular form. This teaches us about Shem, that he exerted himself to fulfill the commandment more than Japheth. Therefore, his sons merited a tallith with fringes, and Japheth merited burial for his sons, as it is said (Ezek. 39:11): “I will give Gog a place there as a grave in Israel.” But Ham, who disgraced his father—it is stated about his seed (Isa. 20:4): “So shall the king of Assyria lead the captivity of Egypt and the exile of Cush, youths and old men, naked and barefoot, with bare buttocks, etc.” - [from Tan Buber Noach 16, Gen. Rabbah 36:6]   ויקח שם ויפת: אין כתיב כאן ויקחו אלא ויקח, לימד על שם שנתאמץ במצוה יותר מיפת, לכך זכו בניו לטלית של ציצית, ויפת זכה לקבורה לבניו, שנאמר (יחזקאל לט יא) אתן לגוג מקום שם קבר. וחם שבזה את אביו נאמר בזרעו (ישעיה כ ד) כן ינהג מלך אשור את שבי מצרים ואת גלות כוש נערים וזקנים ערום ויחף וחשופי שת וגו':
and their faces were turned backwards: Why is this stated a second time? This teaches that when they drew near to him and they had to turn around to cover him, they turned their faces backwards.   ופניהם אחורנית: למה נאמר פעם שניה, מלמד שכשקרבו אצלו והוצרכו להפוך עצמם לכסותו, הפכו פניהם אחורנית:
24. And Noah awoke from his wine, and he knew what his small son had done to him.   כד. וַיִּיקֶץ נֹחַ מִיֵּינוֹ וַיֵּדַע אֵת אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לוֹ בְּנוֹ הַקָּטָן:
his small son: The worthless and despicable one, like (Jer. 49:15): “Behold I have made you small among the nations; despised among men.” - [from Gen. Rabbah 16:7]   בנו הקטן: הפסול והבזוי, כמו (ירמיה מט טו) הנה קטן נתתיך בגוים בזוי באדם:
25. And he said, "Cursed be Canaan; he shall be a slave among slaves to his brethren."   כה. וַיֹּאמֶר אָרוּר כְּנָעַן עֶבֶד עֲבָדִים יִהְיֶה לְאֶחָיו:
Cursed be Canaan: You have caused me to be incapable of begetting another fourth son (Gen. Rabbah , manuscripts, and early editions read: a fourth son) to serve me. Cursed be your fourth son, that he should minister to the children of these older ones [Shem and Japhet], upon whom the burden of serving me has been placed from now on (Gen. Rabbah 36:7). Now what did Ham see (what reason did he have) that he castrated him? He said to his brothers,“The first man [Adam] had two sons, and one killed the other so as to inherit the world, and our father has three sons, and he still desires a fourth son!” - [from Gen. Rabbah ibid. 5, 22:7]   ארור כנען: אתה גרמת לי שלא אוליד בן רביעי אחר לשמשני, ארור בנך רביעי להיות משמש את זרעם של אלו הגדולים, שהוטל עליהם טורח עבודתי מעתה. ומה ראה חם שסרסו, אמר להם לאחיו אדם הראשון שני בנים היו לו, והרג זה את זה בשביל ירושת העולם ואבינו יש לו שלשה בנים ועודנו מבקש בן רביעי:
26. And he said, "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem, and may Canaan be a slave to them.   כו. וַיֹּאמֶר בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי שֵׁם וִיהִי כְנַעַן עֶבֶד לָמוֹ:
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem: Who is destined to keep His promise to his seed to give them the land of Canaan.   ברוך ה' אלהי שם: שעתיד לשמור הבטחתו לזרעו לתת להם את ארץ כנען:
be: [and let] Canaan be to them a vassal paying tribute.   ויהי כנען עבד למו: למס עובד:
27. May God expand Japheth, and may He dwell in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be a slave to them."   כז. יַפְתְּ אֱלֹהִים לְיֶפֶת וְיִשְׁכֹּן בְּאָהֳלֵי שֵׁם וִיהִי כְנַעַן עֶבֶד לָמוֹ:
May God expand Japheth: Translated by the Targum as יַפְתֵּי, meaning: He will widen [or expand]. Cf. Targum Onkelos, Deut. 12:20,19:8.   יפת א-להים ליפת: מתורגם יפתי ירחיב:
and may He dwell in the tents of Shem: May He cause His Presence to rest in Israel. The interpretation of the Sages, however is: Although God will beautify Japheth, insofar as Cyrus, who was of the sons of Japheth, built the Second Temple, the Shechinah did not rest therein. But where did it rest? In the First Temple, built by Solomon, who was of the sons of Shem. — [from Yoma 9b, 10a]   וישכון באהלי שם: ישרה שכינתו בישראל. ומדרש חכמים אף על פי שיפת א-להים ליפת, שבנה כורש שהיה מבני יפת בית שני, לא שרתה בו שכינה. והיכן שרתה, במקדש ראשון שבנה שלמה שהיה מבני שם:
and may Canaan be a slave: Even after the descendants of Shem are exiled, some of the descendants of Canaan will be sold to them as slaves.   ויהי כנען עבד למו: אף משיגלו בני שם, ימכרו להם עבדים מבני כנען: 
28. And Noah lived after the Flood, three hundred and fifty years.   כח. וַיְחִי נֹחַ אַחַר הַמַּבּוּל שְׁלשׁ מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה וַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה:
29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years, and he died.   כט. וַיְהִי כָּל יְמֵי נֹחַ תְּשַׁע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה וַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וַיָּמֹת:
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