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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Noach

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Parasha Summary - Noach

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Hashem decides to bring a flood to destroy Earth's corrupt & immoral inhabitants, other than righteous Noach, his family, & enough animals to re-populate the world. Noach takes 120 years to build an Ark.

After 40 days of rain, the flood covers the earth. After 150 days, the water starts to recede & the Ark rests on Mt. Ararat. Noach sends out a raven, then a dove, to see if the waters have abated. The dove returns with an olive leaf. Noach sends the dove out again, & it does not return. Noach leaves the Ark & brings offerings to G-d, who vows never to flood the world again. The rainbow is a sign of this promise.

Noach & descendants are granted permission to eat meat & given 7 Universal Laws, prohibiting idolatry, theft, adultery, blasphemy, murder & eating the meat of a living animal; & setting up a legal system.

Noach plants a vineyard & gets drunk. His son Cham crudely delights seeing his father naked, but Shem & Yafet cover their father respectfully. The Torah then records the incident of the Tower of Babel, after which G-d fragments communication into many languages & disperses the nations. The Sedra ends with the genealogy of Noach to Avram
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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