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Noach

Noach

Noah
Genesis
6:9−11:32

This is Noah's chronicle. Noah was a righteous man; in his generation, he was above reproach: Noah walked with God. - Genesis 6:9 

Summary: 
  • God decides to cause a flood that will destroy the world, sparing only Noah's family and the animals that Noah gathers together on the ark. (6:9-8:22)
  • Life starts over again after the Flood. The Noahide Commandments are listed, and God uses a rainbow to make a symbol of the first covenant. (9:1-17)
  • People start to build a city and the Tower of Babel. God scatters the people and gives them different languages to speak. (11:1-9)
  • The ten generations from Noah to Abram are listed. (11:10-29:2)

When do we read Noach?

2017 Oct 21
/1 Heshvan, 5778
2018 Oct 13
/4 Heshvan, 5779

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Ellen M. Umansky

    In many ways, Parashat Noach is filled with as many theological problems as answers. Chief among them is why after creating the world and all living things, God destroys "all that lives under the heavens" (Genesis 6:17). The reason that God gives is the "violence" or "lawlessness" (chamas) of humankind. Yet what about such godly virtues as patience, love, and forgiveness? Apparently, God possesses less of them than one might wish. Does saving Noah, his family, and a male and female of all living species in order to ensure continued reproduction make up for God's actions? Is saving them a sign of mercy or of pragmatism?

  • Torah for Tots

    Can Noah be viewed as righteous, or, is Noah better understood as righteous "in his generation?" Read these questions and ideas and discuss this Torah portion with young children.

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