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Noach in a Nutshell

Noach in a Nutshell

Genesis 6:9–11:32

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G‑d instructs Noah—the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption—to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. A great deluge, says G‑d, will wipe out all life from the face of the earth; but the ark will float upon the water, sheltering Noah and his family, and two members (male and female) of each animal species.

Rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and from its window Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, “to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth.” When the ground dries completely—exactly one solar year (365 days) after the onset of the Flood—G‑d commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth.

Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to G‑d. G‑d swears never again to destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man. G‑d also commands Noah regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.

Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk on its produce. Two of Noah’s sons, Shem and Japheth, are blessed for covering up their father’s nakedness, while his third son, Ham, is punished for taking advantage of his debasement.

The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy their Creator by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility; G‑d confuses their language so that “one does not comprehend the tongue of the other,” causing them to abandon their project and disperse across the face of the earth, splitting into seventy nations.

The Parshah of Noach concludes with a chronology of the ten generations from Noah to Abram (later Abraham), and the latter’s journey from his birthplace of Ur Casdim to Charan, on the way to the land of Canaan.

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October 7, 2013
Re: James
With regards to the question whether Abraham was Jewish see the article Was Abraham Jewish? As for what happened to the Ten lost tribes see The Exile of the Ten Lost Tribes
Yehuda Shurpin for Chabad.org
October 4, 2013
Hashem. Covenant. Noach.
The study of Zohar is essential to know, learn and understand all these subject matters under the instructions of a genuine Rabbi.
Pinchas
NZ
October 2, 2013
Abraham was not a Jew, he was a Hebrew. Jews are not G-d's chosen people, they are the decendants of three tribes of Yah's chosen people ( Yahuda, Benyamin & Lewi), sons of Ya'aqob the Yisra'elite. The remainder of G-d's chosen people are now scattered among the nations. When the Messiah returns He will call all of G-d's people back to the land of promise. The question that I have is, will the Jews who occupy Yissaskar's land now willing give it up when He comes?
James
Texas
October 2, 2013
What happened to og in this parsha during the flood?
Sarah
October 1, 2013
Abram
Abram was a Gentile, as was Noah. God changed Abram's name to Abraham and promised that He would make Abraham into a great nation and be a blessing to all nations. God gave the covenant of circumcision to Abraham as a sign of the covenant. Why would you ask if Noah was the first Jew?
Bob McCarty
TN
October 29, 2011
Naoh
How is Abraham regarded as the first Jew ? He did circumcise himself, but his mother wasn't Jewish.

Why wasn't Noah the first Jew ?

The answer should not point out the shortcomings of Noah. everybody does this and it is needless, and wrong. Noah never hurt anybody so there is no sense saying anything negative about him. Furthermore, any comparison is useless because they both lived in different times, and context is a very important factor in any comparison right to this very day. Who knows whether Abaraham could build an ark ?

If i tell you that my son is a world famous doctor saving hundreds of lives, and then ask you what is your son by comparison, how would you feel ?
Anonymous
October 29, 2011
Noach
I believe they where all married to their own partners how can this be incestuous coupling
Anonymous
Mel, Australia
September 8, 2011
Hashem's Covenant
Hashem ". . . sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man."

No, not just man. According to the text, the covenant is made with man and with "every living creature among all flesh."

Hashem's mercy extends even into the animal kingdom. We have much to learn from that.
Anonymous
NYC, ny
October 10, 2010
noach
with whom did his children cohabit? Only Noah's family was on the ark........is this incestuous coupling? Why are we so evil as a species?
Anonymous
west palm beach, fl
October 9, 2010
John Smith
I feel you brother.
Juliana DelMonte
Boulder, CO
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