February 28, 2024 |


Noach, Righteous Dude

Everyone is familiar with the "BUT" phenomenon. As in, "I think you're a really great girl...BUT we'd be better as friends." Or "This is really great lasagna...BUT I'm just not that hungry." The BUT cancels out everything that came before. Nothing else matters once you've BUT'ed it out of existence....

Parshat Noach: Walkthrough

So here’s the story of Noach: Noach was a great man, especially considering when he lived, and he had 3 sons: Shem, Cham, and Yefet. The world had gotten pretty bad, and God saw that people had lost their way. So God told Noach, “I have decided to destroy the world, but I want you to build an...

Envy, Lust, Vainglory

"Rabbi Elazar ha-Kappar said: envy, lust and vain-glory take a person out of this world" Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot) 4:21 The first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis read like a primer on how to tick off God. It is a litany of human disobedience and divine attempts to discipline....

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Noach (3)

The Etz Hayyim commentary raises an interesting question about Parshah Noach. God tells Noah he is going to destroy the world in a flood, and that Noah should "make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make it an ark with compartments and cover it inside and out with pitch." (Gen. 6:14) The question is...

My video divrei Torah on this parasha from youtube

Tower of Babel vs Abraham's Call Lech lecha jewu 440 How do non-Jews achieve salvation? Noahide laws JewU 155 Torah portion Noah and the flood JewU 60Sputnik, Bears half-time speech and rainbows JewU 245 Noah, water-too much and too little JewU 247

Noach 5769/2008: "Are We What We Need?"

The Noach epic births ever-more pressing questions as story-teller and reader grow in life experience. Beyond "why did God destroy the earth?" and "what about the animals who weren't in the ark?" and "why doesn't Noach's wife have a name?" and countless other reactions to the narrative, beyond...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Noach (2)

The stories in Parshah Noach - the Flood, the Tower of Babel - may seem remote to us, but there are lessons there with practical value for us today. Take the fantastic Babel story. While we remember the tower and the creation of numerous languages so the people could not speak to each other, Rashi...

The Sin of Babel

[And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build us a city and a tower…and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Noach

It's one of those Bible stories we don't tell the kids. In Parshah Noach, Noah gets drunk and gets naked, and is discovered by his son Ham, who runs out to tell his brothers Shem and Japheth. For this he and his descendents are cursed. What did he do wrong? Instead of coming to his father's...

Reflecting the rainbow's light back to the heavens

One of the most significant questions that a person has to deal with is the basic nature of human beings: Are they good or bad? When humankind is created, the Torah tells us that people were created in God's image. When we proceed to the portion on Noah, we get a more specific but very...


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