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This Week's The Torah Portion:

The Torah Portion "Noah"


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, G-d regrets the creation of humanity, for "... The human being is 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: "Noah! ...A great flood is coming! ...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 that 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!" In those words, it is clear that G-d now accepts the human being as he/she really is: a flawed and far from perfect creature. And as a result of that more realistic view of the human condition, along with G-d's transcendent love for His/Her child, the human being, human history goes on!

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

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