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This Week's The Torah Portion:

Torah reading "Noah"

Summary:

Last week, in the first of the Torah's weekly readings, we learned that the human being was created in G-d's image. But in this week's reading, we are told that G-d regretted the creation of humanity, for "... humankind had become filled with corruption and violence..." G-d, however, sees the goodness of Noah, and resolves to begin human history once again with Noah and his family. G-d calls out: "...A great flood is coming, Noah! ...Build an ark, so that you and your family may survive, along with two of every creature upon the earth!" G-d reveals to Noah and his family they will be the progenitors of a new and hopefully more peaceful human race. Following the flood, G-d informs Noah: "...Never again will I destroy the earth!" For G-d comes to accept the human being as he/she really is: a flawed, far from perfect creature. And as a result of a more realistic view of the human condition, and as a result of G-d's transcendent love for his creature, the human story goes on.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

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