See God’s Grace as Rabbi Isaac tells the stories of the Watchers and Nephilim Giants, the Flood and Noah’s Ark, of Noah’s subsequent drunkenness and cursing of Canaan, and of the Tower of Babel… and dares to share info from the Dead Sea Scrolls of Enoch, Jubilees and Jasher!
We hope you are blessed by this teaching and have come to a deeper understanding of God and his plan for man through this study. May we all find grace in the eyes of the Almighty as Noach did and walk as righteous tzaddik with emunah (faithfulness) to follow all God’s instructions!
For Shabbat of October 24, 2020
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Torah Parashah Noach (נֹחַ), Hebrew for the name “Noah”, is the second weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah readings and covers Genesis 6:9–11:32.
God 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 God, 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—God commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth.
Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to God. God 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. God 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; God 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.
For further study, please enjoy the below video teaching on “Understanding RIGHTEOUSNESS from Torah Parashah Noach” in the context of how Noach was declared Righteous . (Then drop below to watch the parallel Haftarah from Isaiah 54 about how Israel will be declared Righteous as Noach was!) Enjoy and be blessed!
Torah for your Children…
For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashah for your children we recommend the following video below created by G-dcast:
Haftarah (Prophets) Summary
Paralles with the Torah Parsahah:
- God makes a parallel between NOACH and ISRAEL as the Righteous who will survive…
- God parallels the destruction of the Flood and the Destruction of Israel from the Land and the Destruction of the Temple…
- Just as Noach’s descendants multiplied after the destruction and spread througout the earth, God prophetically draws our focus to how Israel will have more children (vs.1) and how the descendants of Israel will end up possessing the Nations (vs. 3)
- God The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the covenant God made with Noah in this week’s Torah reading. Just as God promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the whole House of Israel.
This Shabbat we read Isaiah 54:1-10 that describes Israel in the aftermath of the Assyrian captivity as afflicted, barren, and inconsolable. The Prophet assures the people that God’s kindness and love for them is ever present, protecting, and sustaining. Isaiah 54:9 refers to the dispersion and desolation of Israel out of the land in 721 BCE as “the waters of Noah”…
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall collapse, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.” –Isa 54:9-10
The Prophet lets us know that this desolation is only temporary and that He has a plan to restore Israel and her descendants in the end “For a brief moment I forsook you…” (54:7) “…for a moment I hid my face from you…” (54:8)
Though the House of Israel is likened to a barren woman devoid of children, God enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel‘s once desolate cities. The prophet assures the descendants of Israel that God has not forsaken them. Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact God made with Noah in this week’s Torah reading. Just as God promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.
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